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Check your flu shot off your to-do list
If you need a COVID-19 vaccine or booster, it’s easier than ever to come in and check both life-saving shots off your list.
- September 21, 2022
- By Grand Itasca
Flu season is around the corner, and flu vaccines are now available at Grand Itasca.
Appointments are required for flu vaccines. To schedule an appointment online, please log into MyChart or create an account if you are a new user. You can also call 218-326-7344.
Scroll down for more information about flu vaccines and our COVID-19 precautions.
Is it too early to get a flu shot?
September and October are great times to get the flu shot, so that your family will be protected when flu season starts. Flu season typically runs from October to March each year, and your body needs time to build antibodies to the flu virus after you have received your flu shot.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages everyone to get vaccinated before the end of October for the best protection, however the flu shot will continue to be offered throughout the flu season.
Who should get a flu shot?
The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccination for people 6 months and older. It’s especially important for those at high risk for developing flu-related complications – including pregnant women, children under 5, adults 65 and older, and people with certain medical conditions.
Do I need an appointment?
Appointments are required for a flu shot only appointment. You can also ask for a flu vaccine during a regular clinic appointment. Call 218-326-7344 to schedule an appointment.
How much does the flu vaccine cost?
Most health insurance plans cover the cost of the flu vaccine. If you don’t have insurance, the flu vaccine will cost $40 to $100.
Is getting a flu vaccine safe during the pandemic?
Grand Itasca is committed to keeping our patients, staff, and community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of that effort, Grand Itasca providers will be using safety measures while administering flu vaccines, including wearing appropriate personal protective equipment. Our clinics are also employing social distancing procedures, screening measures, and visitor restrictions.
What is the difference between COVID-19 and the flu?
COVID-19 and the flu are both respiratory illnesses that can cause fever, cough, sore throat, and body aches. However, they are caused by two different viruses and have some important differences in symptoms, who is most at risk of getting very ill, and how they spread. The CDC has an overview of the similarities and differences between the flu and COVID-19.
Is the flu vaccine safe for my family?
Yes. The flu vaccine is safe and effective – and it’s important for even young, healthy people to get vaccinated.
How effective is the flu vaccine?
Each year, different strains of the influenza virus spread across the country. Experts develop the flu vaccine based on data predicting which kinds will be most prevalent.
The vaccines available this year are quadrivalent, meaning they protect against four common flu viruses. In addition to significantly decreasing the risk of getting flu, the flu vaccine – like the COVID-19 vaccine – significantly reduces the risk of ICU admission or death in those who become ill.
Have more questions about the flu vaccine?
Take a look at the CDC’s updated information about the seasonal flu shot.