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What to know about flu vaccinations

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ALBERT LEA, Minn. (KTTC) -- While most health insurance carriers cover the cost of flu shots, for some people, the price is still a concern.

Walk-in flu shots are available at Walgreens where the fee is $34.99 compared to Mayo Clinic Health System where the regular dose costs about $31. Those prices can vary, depending on the dose.  It's recommended that adults 65 years and older receive a higher dose that can cost up to $57.

It's a small price to pay in comparison to the potential financial burdens that come with getting sick.

"The price is very reasonable compared with an illness that keeps you off work or an illness that you need to be hospitalized for or have other serious consequences from," said Patty Abbott, Infection Preventionist with Mayo Clinic.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people need to get a flu vaccine every year because the virus is constantly changing.  It takes two weeks after receiving the shot for a person's body to build up antibodies to the influenza virus.

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