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Montevideo American-News - Montevideo, MN
  • Flu vaccine still in good supply

  • With what is typically the height of the influenza season approaching, many Montevideo area residents have been taking precautions by getting immunized for the flu bug.
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  • With what is typically the height of the influenza season approaching, many Montevideo area residents have been taking precautions by getting immunized for the flu bug.
    As of Wednesday, about 2,200 persons had received flu vaccinations at Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital and Clinic, according to Anita Zelenka, infection prevention nurse at CCMH.
    Zelenka said the 2,200 figure doesn't include vaccinations given at nursing homes and by WalMart, Thrifty White Drug and Coborn's.
    "We have plenty of pediatric and adult vaccine available," said Zelenka. The majority of vaccinations are administered to the upper arm, but there is also a mist that can be taken through the nose.
    Zelenka said that while there have been a lot of people coming into the hospital and clinic with flu-like symptoms, the number of confirmed cases of influenza has been relatively low. Of the 75 patients tested for influenza, only 16 tested positive.
    "We have not had any spike of in-patients at the hospital for influenza," said Zelenka.
    Since the start of the flu season, two influenza-related deaths have been confirmed in the state. One was a woman in her 90s.
    Zelenka said flu shots are effective through the month of March. Anyone wishing to get a flu shot should stop at the registration desks at the Montevideo Clinic. An appointment is not necessary.
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