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Seasonal flu shots in Rochester, MN

Here's an update about the availability of seasonal influenza vaccine in Rochester, Minnesota.  I'll give this to you in the providers' own words.

Olmsted Medical Center:

"Olmsted Medical Center received a partial shipment of its seasonal influenza vaccine order on Thursday, Oct. 15, and is contacting wait-listed patients to schedule immunizations.  A limited quantity of FluMist is available for healthy, non-pregnant individuals between the ages of 2 - 49 and with no chronic medical conditions."

Mayo Clinic:

"Those patients who already have appointment scheduled for seasonal flu vaccinations will receive them. We are out of injectable seasonal flu for adults, and will not be taking new appointment for that type of vaccine until we receive additional supplies. We do have these two types of seasonal flu vaccine:

• 0.25 ml injectable vaccine for children 6-35 months

• FluMist- the nasal spray vaccine for healthy, non pregnant individuals between 2 - 49 years

 Patients who fit into the two groups above can call their primary care area and make an appointment to get the seasonal flu vaccine .  The appointments will be at Kasson and NE Clinics. We are not taking walk-ins."

Olmsted County Public Health (2100 Campus Dr. S.E.)

"Olmsted County Public Health has depleted its supply of flu shots due to high demand combined with shipping delays.  More vaccine is anticipated in the next few weeks.  FluMist- the nasal spray vaccine for healthy, non pregnant individuals between 2 - 49 years, is available for $25 and MA is accepted. No appointment is necessary."

***Vaccine against pandemic H1N1 influenza is expected to be arriving locally, though gradually, over the next few weeks.  None of the 3 providers listed has announced a vaccination schedule for H1N1 vaccine.***

Pulse on Health

By Jeff Hansel, member Association of Health Care Journalists

Health Reporter for the Post-Bulletin newspaper, 18 1st Ave. S.E. in Rochester, Minnesota 55904


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