This week is “Ban the Bug” in Minnesota, (December 2th-8th) and National Influenza Vaccination Week across the U.S. Countryside Public Health encourages everyone 6 months and older to have a flu vaccination if they haven’t already done so to help ban the flu bug.
Minnesota has had very few cases of seasonal flu yet this year so we are anticipating that in the next few months we will see increased cases of influenza. Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Anyone can get sick from the flu.
o more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu-related complications; and
o about 36,000 people die from flu-related causes
o every year, even healthy children are hospitalized or die from flu complications.
o So far this flu season there has been 1 outbreak in a nursing home reported but 14 schools have reported outbreaks.
It’s not too late to vaccinate before the holidays so that you can have a health holiday time. If your college student hasn’t had an opportunity to be vaccinated over Christmas break is a great time to get that done.
Seasonal flu vaccine is available at your medical clinics, local pharmacies and Countryside Public Health by appointment.
You may contact Countryside Public Health, if you do not have health insurance or your insurance does not cover flu vaccinations as a program is available to help provide flu vaccinations. To ask about this program or schedule an appointment call Countryside Public Health, Montevideo at 320-269-2174.