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Essentia Health offers walk-in flu clinics and 10-minute appointments

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Essentia Health is providing two options to be vaccinated with a flu shot by scheduling a 10-minute appointment at a local clinic or just 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, registered nurse, infection preventionist at Essentia Health, in a news release. “Other precautions you should take include washing your hands regularly, covering your cough, and not going to work or school if you are sick.

“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.”

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

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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 a 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, and

  • 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 offer 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 for more information.

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

  • Baxter and Brainerd Clinic Pharmacies, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday; and 10 a.m.-1 p..m. Saturdays. Must be 19 years of age and older.

  • Baxter Clinic, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesdays, Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30; and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 12, 26, at 13060 Isle Drive.

  • Brainerd Clinic, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 19, Nov. 2, at 2024 S. Sixth St.

  • Crosslake Clinic, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays: Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30 at 35205 County Highway 3.

  • Emily Clinic, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursdays, Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31, 20918 County Highway 1.

  • Hackensack Clinic, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Fridays, Oct. 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, at 110 Third St. S.

  • Pequot Lakes Clinic, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursdays, Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31, at 4217 W. Woodman S.

  • Pierz Clinic, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29, at 221 N. Main St.

  • Pillager Clinic, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29, at 680 Pillsbury St. N.

  • Pine River Clinic, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29 at 15 Barclay Ave.

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