Seven-year-olds Evan and Dylan Saeger weren't exactly excited to wake up early and get the flu vaccine before school, but their mother made it a priority.
"Evan has asthma, so it's very important for us to make sure they don't get the flu during the flu season and end up in the hospital," Mother Amanda Saeger said.
The flu vaccine is one of the immunizations insurance companies are now required to cover.
"Payment has always been a big barrier to making sure children are properly protected against those preventable diseases," Sanford Clinic Chief Medical Officer Dr. Dan Heinemann said.
Dr. Heinemann says while it will cost insurance providers initially to pay for the vaccines, hopefully it will save money in the future by preventing diseases.
"When you prevent illnesses, downstream you reduce costs because people aren't sick," Heinemann said.
Here are just a few of the vaccines that are now covered under the Affordable Care Act: Hepatitis A and B, measles, mumps and rubella and the human papillomavirus.
"Clean drinking water and vaccinations are two of the hallmarks of public health and why we've been able to reduce the number of illnesses, especially in children," Heinemann said.
Saeger says she's making sure her kids are protected against the flu, not only for her family's health, but the entire community.
"I think it's important they're vaccinated also to protect the other kids they're around at school and daycare and things like that," Saeger said.