The Mankato Clinic is offering after-hour Family Flu Shot Clinics. Flu vaccines will be given to children and their parents or caregivers:
- 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, October 15, at Children’s Health Center, Wickersham Health Campus, 1421 Premier Drive, Mankato
- 5-7 p.m. Thursday, October 17, at Daniels Health Center, 1901 N. Old Minnesota, St. Peter
- Call 507-625-1811 to make an appointment for your family. Space is limited.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older to offer protection from influenza and potentially serious complications. Complications can lead to hospitalization and even death.
“We know the flu vaccine can save children’s lives, protect families from getting the flu, reduce hospitalizations, and reduce the severity of the illness if people do get the flu,” Dr. Katie Smentek, Mankato Clinic pediatrician, said.
The seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza (flu) viruses. Symptoms may include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.
The vaccine is especially important for individuals at high risk for complications. High risk groups include young children and pregnant women, adults 65 years of age and older, and people with asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease. People who live with or care for infants should also be vaccinated.
Mankato Clinic providers are offering flu shots to patients during their regular appointments.
The CDC recommends getting the flu vaccine by the end of October, but the vaccine is still beneficial later in the season.