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Drive-up flu shots start Tuesday at Minnesota HealthPartners locations

Experts say it's "doubly important" to get a flu shot this year.

Minnesota health officials have said that getting a flu shot this year is especially important due to the coronavirus pandemic, and beginning Tuesday (Sept. 8) drive-up flu shots are available by appointment at HealthPartners clinics in Minnesota. 

The drive-up option is available through Oct. 31. The drive-up option is not available for children under the age of 2. The drive-up option proves the pain-free FluMist vaccine for kids ages 2-12, while anyone over the age of 12 has to get the standard flu shot. Kids younger than 2 can get vaccinated at an in-person visit at a clinic. 

You can schedule a drive-up flu shot here, or call one of the Minnesota or Wisconsin HealthPartners clinics, the majority of which are located in the Twin Cities metro area. 

"This year it is doubly important that everyone get the flu vaccine because if people have fever and respiratory symptoms in the fall, the first concern is going to be COVID-19," said Mayo Clinic Dr. Priya Sampathkumar, last week. 

"The symptoms of the two diseases are hard to tell apart. If you get the flu vaccine, you are less likely to get the flu and less likely to be thought of as a possible COVID-19 case."

Anyone over the age of 6 months should get a flu shot, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends.

"As a parent, it is understandable that you always want to do what's best for you child. Vaccines are the best thing you can do to protect your child from illness," Dr. Sampathkumar said. 

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