Upcoming Immunization Opportunities!
We are currently working on expanding our For All of Us webpages to include information and resources on all immunizations! Check back frequently to see updates on immunization clinics, vaccine information, and recommendations. To learn more about the immunization program's services at Fargo Cass Public Health, please visit FargoCassPublicHealth.com/immunize.
Why are flu shots important?
Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. Some people, such as people 65 years and older, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at higher risk of serious flu complications. There are two main types of influenza (flu) viruses: types A and B. The influenza A and B viruses that routinely spread in people (human influenza viruses) are responsible for seasonal flu epidemics each year.
The best way to reduce the risk of flu and its potentially serious complications is by getting vaccinated each year. Contact your healthcare provider or local pharmacy for flu shot availability.
What are symptoms of flu?
Influenza (flu) can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Flu symptoms usually come on suddenly. People who have flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
- fever or feeling feverish/chills (*it’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever)
- sore throat
- runny or stuffy nose
- muscle or body aches
- fatigue (tiredness)
- some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
How Flu Spreads
Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by tiny droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes.
Preventing Seasonal Flu
The first and most important step in preventing flu is to get a flu vaccine each year. Flu vaccine has been shown to reduce flu-related illnesses and the risk of serious flu complications that can result in hospitalization or even death. CDC also recommends everyday preventive actions (like staying away from people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes and frequent handwashing) to help slow the spread of germs that cause respiratory (nose, throat, and lungs) illnesses, like flu.
More Immunization Resources
Didn't find what you were looking for? Check out these additional resources:
North Dakota School and Childcare Required Immunizations
- ND Department of Health 2022-2023 School Immunization Requirements
- ND Department of Health Childcare Facility Immunization Requirements
*Records may not indicate immunizations received on military bases, at the VA, or with Tribal Health.
- MyIR Mobile - Create a free profile to view your unofficial North Dakota immunization record*
- Official Record Request - Complete the online request form to receive your official North Dakota immunization record*
- State Immunization Information System (IIS) Contacts - If you've received immunizations in another state, you can contact their IIS to request your immunization record.