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A Flu Shot is the Best Protection | Essentia Health Flu Shots

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The best way to protect yourself and your family against the flu this season is to get vaccinated with an Essentia Health flu shot!

Essentia Health is providing two options to be vaccinated:

  • By scheduling a 10-minute appointment at your local clinic
  • Or stopping by during a Walk-In Flu Clinic. (Minors must be accompanied by their parent or guardian.)

“Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself, your family, and your community from the flu,” said Kari Russell, RN, Infection Preventionist at Essentia Health. “Other precautions you should take include washing your hands regularly, covering your cough, and not going to work or school if you are sick.”

Russell explains, “An infected person can spread influenza when they cough, sneeze or just talk near others. They can also spread it by touching or sneezing on an object someone else touches later.”

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Vaccinations are recommended for everyone 6 months and older, including pregnant women.

Making the Flu Shot Easier for Kids

Here are a few things you can do to make the experience more comfortable for children:

  • Bring a comfort object, such as a favorite blanket or stuffed animal, something that will help your child feel comfortable and safe in the environment.
  • Use comfort positions of hugging your child chest to chest, chest to back, or in a side-seated position – all ways to have the child feel embraced and secure – while receiving an immunization.
  • Provide distractions, such as deep breathing or blowing bubbles.

The cost of a flu vaccine is covered by Medicare Part B, Medicaid, and most private insurance companies. Minors must be accompanied by their parent or guardian.

Essentia Health clinics are offering 10-minute appointments at all locations: Baxter, Brainerd, Crosslake, Emily, Hackensack, Pequot Lakes, Pierz, Pillager, and Pine River.

Options for flu vaccination will include: flu shots and a high dose flu shot option for those 65 and over.

Call 218-828-7100 to schedule an appointment at the clinic nearest you.

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Essentia Health Flu Shots | Walk In Flu Clinics

Walk In Flu Clinics will be held at the following Essentia Health Clinics in October on the dates and times listed:

Baxter and Brainerd Clinic Pharmacies
Monday-Friday 10:00a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Saturdays 10:00a.m.-1:00-p.m.
(Must be 19 years of age and older)

Baxter Clinic, 13060 Isle Drive
Wednesdays: October 9, 16, 23, 30 8:30a.m.-4:00p.m.
Saturdays: October 12, 26 9:00a.m.-1:00p.m. 

Brainerd Clinic, 2024 S 6th Street
Saturdays: October 19, November 2 9:00a.m.-1:00p.m. 

Crosslake Clinic, 35205 County Road 3
Wednesdays: October 9, 16, 23, 30 8:30a.m.-4:00p.m. 

Emily Clinic, 20918 County Road 1
Thursdays: October 10, 17, 24, 31 8:30a.m.-4:00p.m. 

Hackensack Clinic, 110 3rd Street S
Fridays: October 11, 18, 25, November 1 8:30a.m.-4:00p.m. 

Pequot Lakes Clinic, 4217 W Woodman Street
Thursdays: October 10, 17, 24, 31 8:30a.m.-4:00p.m. 

Pierz Clinic, 221 N Main Street                        
Tuesdays: October 8, 15, 22, 29 8:30a.m.-4:00p.m. 

Pillager Clinic, 680 Pillsbury Street N
Tuesdays: October 8, 15, 22, 29 8:30a.m.-4:00p.m. 

Pine River Clinic, 15 Barclay Avenue
Tuesdays: October 8, 15, 22, 29 8:30a.m.-4:00p.m. 

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