Published on September 28, 2020

Essentia Health now offering flu vaccine - Ashland, Hayward, & Spooner, WI

Essentia Health is offering flu shots to the community in a variety of ways during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This year might be the most important year for a flu shot ever,” explains Dr. Aaron Phillipps, an infectious disease specialist at Essentia. “Cold weather pushes us indoors and the close quarters allow for easier person-to-person transmission of respiratory viruses such as influenza and COVID-19. An outbreak of illness can overfill and overtax our hospitals. We have a vaccine against the flu that can help keep our cases down and keep our hospital beds available when they are needed.”

Dr. Phillipps adds: “The vaccine reduces your chances of getting the flu, and if you don’t have the flu you have no risk of transmission to others that may not have the ability to fight off a serious infection.”

The flu vaccine is recommended for people six months and older, including people with compromised immune systems and chronic medical conditions. Flu vaccinations are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurances.

Please note: At most locations, appointments are necessary to ensure proper social distancing is maintained. You will need to wear a mask into the facility and go through a screening process. Thank you for your cooperation.

For general information about the upcoming influenza season, visit the CDC’s resources online at cdc.gov/flu.

Due to COVID-19 precautions this year, getting your flu shot at Essentia will look a little bit different.

For Essentia-offered flu shots offered in the Twin Ports, click here. Click on “Duluth” and “Superior” to expand drop-down menus in those respective cities. Other options in northwestern Wisconsin include:

Essentia Health-Ashland Clinic (1615 Maple Ln, Suite 1)
Oct. 6 and 7: 8 a.m. to noon
Oct. 8 and 14: 1-6 p.m.
Call (715) 685-7500 to schedule your appointment.

Ashland Super One Foods (401 Ellis Ave)
Oct. 15: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Shots available to people ages 6 years and older. Walk-ins are welcome.

Essentia Health-Hayward Clinic (11134 N State Hwy 77)
Oct. 13 and 15: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Call (715) 634-5505 to schedule your appointment.

Essentia Health-Hayward Pharmacy (11134 N State Rd 77, Suite A)
Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Shots available to people ages 6 years and older. Call (715) 634-6774 to schedule your appointment, though walk-ins are welcome.

Essentia Health-Spooner Clinic (1180 Chandler Dr)
Oct. 14 and 28: 9 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m.
Call (715) 635-2151 to schedule your appointment.

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