Mayo flu clinic opens for season

Preventionist: It's a great time to go out and get your flu shot

Between 2010 and 2013 only about 40-percent of the people in Wisconsin got their flu shot according to the CDC.

In Minnesota that number was closer to 50-percent.

A number of flu clinics opened in the area Monday including at Mayo Clinic Health System. At that clinic they have the actual shots available.

Things like the flu mist or egg free alternatives are given by primary care providers only.

An infection preventionist is expecting a flu season similar to last year.

“We have already seen flu activity start to begin, so it’s a great time to go out and get your flu shot, because, again, it takes 2 full weeks for your flu shot to give you complete coverage,” said Mayo Clinic Health System Infection Preventionist Kellee Dixon.

Flu season typically peaks in late December but health experts say every season is different.