Essentia Health now offering flu vaccine - Deer River & Grand Rapids, MN

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 many 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. Here are some options for you:

Essentia Health-Deer River Pharmacy (2 Division St)
Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Shots available to people ages 6 years and older. Call (218) 246-8642 to schedule your appointment, though walk-ins are welcome.

Essentia Health-Deer River Clinic (115 10th Ave NE, Suite A)
Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Call (218) 246-8275 to schedule your appointment.

Essentia Health-Grand Rapids Clinic (1542 Golf Course Rd, Suite 203)
Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Call (218) 322-4900 to schedule your appointment.

Essentia Health-Grand Rapids Pharmacy (1542 Golf Course Rd, Suite 205)
Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Shots available to people ages 6 years and older. Call (218) 322-6210 to schedule your appointment, though walk-ins are welcome.

Grand Rapids North Super One Foods (503 NW 4th St)
Oct. 6: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Shots available to people ages 6 years and older. Walk-ins are welcome.

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