For area residents wanting flu shots, Carris Health is offering a new option this year with drive-thru flu vaccines in Redwood Falls, Willmar, and New London. CentraCare also offers drive-thru locations throughout the region. When arriving for an appointment at a drive-thru location, patients stay in their car, and a nurse will come to them. Appointments are required for all flu vaccines.

While Carris Health states it is important to get a flu vaccine every year, this year it is especially important to reduce the spread of flu-like illness in our community. COVID-19 and influenza symptoms may seem similar, so getting a flu vaccine will give people a better understanding of what to do if they start having symptoms.

Drive-thru flu vaccine appointments are available to those ages three and up at

  • Carris Health – Willmar Main Clinic on Saturday, October 3 and Saturday, October 17. More drive-thru dates may be added in the future.
  • Carris Health – New London Clinic by appointment two days per week
  • Carris Health – Redwood Clinics by appointment.

Flu vaccines are also available during in-person appointments. To schedule an appointment time, contact your clinic location Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. for further details at that location.

  • Carris Health – New London Clinic: 320-354-2222
    • Carris Health – Redwood Clinic: 507-637-2985
    • Carris Health – Willmar Lakeland Clinic:320-235-7232
    • Carris Health – Willmar Main Clinic: 320-231-6358

The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone over six months of age. For more information on flu vaccine, visit