Sanford Bemidji will offer drive-up flu vaccines by appointment this fall.
According to a release, these drive-up vaccines are available through Nov. 1, and patients should call 333-4710 to make an appointment.
“With COVID-19 and influenza sharing similar symptoms—fever, cough, difficulty breathing, sore throat, chills and muscle aches—it is more important than ever that we each get our flu vaccine this fall,” said Dr. David Wilcox, vice president medical officer for Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota.
“By offering a drive-up option, we hope to make it easier for everyone, especially families and those who are at-risk, to get their annual flu shot without needing to come inside of the clinic.”
Sanford staff will direct patients to park in specific spots at the 1611 Anne Street parking lot.
Patients should prepare for their appointments by wearing a mask, dressing in short sleeved shirts and for babies and toddlers, have them wear their diapers or shorts.
Flu vaccines are now available at all Sanford primary care clinics by appointment.
Everyone ages six months and older should get a flu vaccination annually to reduce the risk of becoming ill with influenza or transmitting it to others. Certain groups are at higher risk and are strongly recommended to receive the vacation:
· All children ages six months and older, unless advised otherwise by your physician
· Pregnant women and anyone who becomes pregnant during the flu season
· People 50 years and older
· Adults and children with certain chronic conditions