To help people stay as healthy as possible, Mankato Clinic is urging people to get the flu vaccine as the best way to avoid getting the flu this season. Flu vaccines are even more important this year since the flu symptoms are similar to those of COVID-19.

Mankato Clinic is offering flu shot clinics by appointment only to ensure patient safety. Call 507-625-1811 to schedule a flu shot appointment at one of the flu shot clinics listed below.

Mankato Clinic, Main Street, 1230 East Main Street, Mankato

  • 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, 28
  • 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, 29
  • 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, Nov. 7

Mankato Clinic, Adams Street, Occupational Medicine and Urgent Care, 1809 Adams Street, Mankato

  • 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23

Daniels Health Center, 1901 North Old Minnesota Avenue, St. Peter

  • 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, 27
  • 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, 29
  • 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, Nov. 7

 

Flu vaccines will also be offered to all patients at regularly scheduled appointments.

 

“Flu vaccines save lives, prevent millions of illnesses each year and reduce doctor visits, hospitalizations and the severity of the illness if people do get the flu. Clinic and hospital staff are working hard to care for people with COVID-19. So let’s keep the flu in check by getting a flu shot this season,” said John Benson, MD, Mankato Clinic Family Medicine.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older. Vaccination is especially important for children, adults 65 and older, pregnant women and people with asthma, diabetes and other long-term conditions who are at high risk from flu complications.

The seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza (flu) viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The signs and symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.  Many of COVID-19 symptoms are similar to those of the flu.  People who get the flu will have a range of symptoms from mild to severe, just as has been seen with COVID-19.