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Mayo Clinic Health System offering flu shots starting September 28

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Mayo Clinic Health System is starting to schedule people to get the flu shot throughout their facilities in Southwest Wisconsin.

Starting today, September 20, patients can self-schedule a flu vaccine appointment online. Patients can use the Patient Online Services website or the Mayo Clinic app to schedule the appointments.

MCHS is starting to deliver the flu vaccines beginning September 28.

Patients can also get the flu vaccine during regularly scheduled appointments at MCHS locations as well.

"Now, more than ever, Mayo Clinic and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend all people 6 months and older get flu vaccinations," says Dr. Paul Molling, Family Physician and administrator at Mayo Clinic Health System. "The best way to protect yourself and others from getting the flu is to get vaccinated each year."

Patients also may call 608-392-9633 to schedule an influenza only vaccine appointment at one of these locations:

· Arcadia: 895 S. Dettloff Dr.

· Caledonia: 701 N. Sprague St.

· Holmen: 1303 Main St. S.

· La Crosse: 800 West Ave., S.

· Onalaska: 191 Theater Rd.

· Prairie du Chien: 800 E. Blackhawk Ave.

· Sparta: 310 W. Main St.

· Tomah: 325 Butts Ave.

A walk-in flu clinic will be held in La Crosse, 630 10th St., S., on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 28 through Oct. 28, from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

"After vaccination, it takes about two weeks to develop antibodies to protect against the flu, which is why early fall vaccination is recommended. If you are sick, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading illness to others," says Dr. Molling.