Published on September 28, 2020

Essentia Health now offering flu vaccine - Hermantown & Proctor, 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

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 locally include:

Essentia Health-Hermantown Clinic (4855 W Arrowhead Rd)
Weekdays only
Call (218) 786-3540 to schedule your appointment.

Essentia Health-Hermantown Pharmacy (4855 W Arrowhead Rd, Suite A)
Seven days a week: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Shots available to people ages 6 years and older. Call (218) 786-3549 to schedule your appointment, though walk-ins are welcome.

Essentia Health-Proctor Clinic (211 S Boundary Ave)
Call (218) 576-0200 to schedule your appointment.

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