Department of health urges the public to get flu shots

 ST. PAUL – 12/7/15
Rebekah Zens | News Director

As peak season approaches for influenza, health officials are urging the public to get their flu shot.

National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is Dec. 6-12. The week-long emphasis on flu vaccination highlights the importance of continuing flu vaccination throughout the flu season, which can go through April or May. NIVW is an opportunity for public health professionals, health care professionals, health advocates, communities, and families from across the country to work together to promote flu vaccination before the traditional winter peak in flu activity.

Minnesota Department of Healthy says everyone 6 months of age and older should get flu vaccine every year unless they cannot for medical reasons. It is especially important for those at high risk for serious complications from flu to get vaccinated.

Fight the flu this season with these tips:

  • Get your flu vaccine.
  • Stay home from school or work if you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve.
  • Clean surfaces you touch frequently, such as doorknobs, water faucets, refrigerator handles and telephones.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
  • Get plenty of rest, physical activity and eat healthy to help stay healthy.


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