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December 2-8, 2018 is National Influenza Vaccination Week

12/04/2018

It’s that time of year again — flu season. As family and friends are gathering for the holidays, flu activity is increasing. However, it’s not too late to get a flu shot to protect yourself and your loved ones this flu season!

The Fargo Cass Public Health immunization program offers flu shots for citizens age 6 months and older. High Dose flu vaccine is available to those 65 and older. Regular dose flu vaccine is provided to those under the age of 65. Call 701.241.1383 for an appointment and additional details.

There are many reasons to get a flu vaccine. Flu vaccination can reduce your risk of flu illness, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu. Even if you are vaccinated and still get sick, the flu vaccine can reduce the severity of your illness. Flu vaccination also can help protect women during and after pregnancy and protect the baby born to a vaccinated mom for several months after birth. Flu vaccine also has been shown to save children’s lives, prevent serious events associated with chronic lung disease, diabetes and heart disease, and prevent flu-related hospitalization among working age adults and older adults. Getting vaccinated isn’t just about keeping you healthy; it’s also about helping to protect others around you who may be vulnerable to becoming very sick, such as babies, older adults, and pregnant women.

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information about the seriousness of the flu and benefits of the flu vaccination.