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Family Focus: Flu Season

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First District Health Unit is kicking off the beginning of fall with flu shots. Influenza usually peaks in North Dakota during February and March, but it's never too early to get vaccinated.

"They say as soon as vaccine becomes available we should start vaccinating to decrease the incidents, so if we get people vaccinated we will not have as much disease in the communities," says Penny Hamilton, Director of Nursing.

Hamilton says it's recommended that anyone 6 months or older get vaccinated, and they have vaccines for all age groups.

"We're starting our mass vaccination for the public on September 28th at the auditorium from 9:00AM to 2:00PM and then we'll be back in the auditorium on October 9th from 9:00AM to 2:00PM. We will start walk ins here at First District Health Unit on October 14th," says Hamilton.

First district will also set up clinics in Minot schools to vaccinate children, so parents should keep an eye out for consent forms.

"We're really excited about being able to do vaccinations in the schools because children are in a setting where you don't always get to wash your hands, they're not aware and they get runny noses, so we find that if we can reduce the incidents in schools particularly then students are not taking it home too," says Hamilton.

 

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