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Time to schedule vaccine appointment with Allina Health for 2022-23 influenza season

MINNEAPOLIS (September 22, 2022) — Allina Health is urging everyone to make an appointment to receive an influenza vaccine in advance of the 2022-23 influenza season. Allina Health is now giving the vaccine which is available in all Allina Health primary care clinics.

Getting an influenza vaccine is particularly important, especially during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Allina Health patients need to schedule an appointment at their clinic to get the influenza vaccine. If they already have an appointment for another reason, they will be offered the vaccine at that time.

"Getting an influenza vaccination is especially important as we see continue cases of COVID-19 in our communities,” said Allina Health infectious disease specialist, Frank Rhame, MD. “Co-infection with COVID-19 and influenza can produce more serious complications for patients."

The Centers for Disease Control recommends an annual influenza vaccination for everyone six months and older. Vaccines available from Allina Health are quadrivalent, meaning they are expected to be effective against the four most likely strains of influenza this season. Injectable vaccine is available now, along with the FluMist, a nasal spray vaccine for ages two through 49.

About Allina Health

Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 10 hospitals / 13 campuses, 15 retail pharmacies, and many specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, and emergency medical transportation services.