Published on October 29, 2020

Essentia Health now offering flu vaccine - Iron Range, 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 local options for you:

Essentia Health-Northern Pines Clinic in Aurora (5211 Hwy 110)
Oct. 5: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Oct. 6: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Oct. 7: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Oct. 8: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Oct. 9: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Call (218) 229-3311 to schedule your appointment.

Essentia Health-Babbitt Clinic (71 South Dr, Suite 25)
Call (218) 827-2176 to schedule your appointment.

Essentia Health-Hibbing Clinic (730 E 34th St)
Oct. 20 and 27: 7-8 a.m. and 5-6 p.m.
Call (218) 263-1000 to schedule your appointment, though walk-ins are welcome.

Essentia Health-Hibbing Pharmacy (730 E 34th St, Suite A)
Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Shots available to people ages 6 years and older. Call (218) 262-5225 to schedule your appointment, though walk-ins are welcome.

Essentia Health-Virginia Clinic (1101 9th St N)
Oct. 15 and 16: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Call (218) 741-0150 to schedule your appointment, though walk-ins are welcome.

Essentia Health-Virginia Pharmacy (1101 9th St N, Suite A)
Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Shots available to people ages 6 years and older. Call (218) 749-7828 to schedule your appointment, though walk-ins are welcome.

Virginia South Super One Foods (1111 17th St S)
Oct. 7: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Shots available to people ages 6 years and older. Walk-ins are welcome.

Virginia North Super One Foods (601 4th St N)
Oct. 21: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Shots available to people ages 6 years and older. Walk-ins are welcome.

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