National Influenza Vaccination Week Highlights the Importance of Flu Vaccination

The North Dakota Department of Health is reminding all North Dakotans of the importance of receiving flu vaccine as part of National Influenza Vaccination Week, observed Dec. 7 – 13, 2014.
“Despite some initial delays, there is more than enough flu vaccine available this year for anyone who wants to be vaccinated,” said Amy Schwartz, Immunization Surveillance Coordinator for the North Dakota Department of Health. “Everyone ages 6 months and older is recommended to bevaccinated, regardless of age or health status. It’s important to remember that getting vaccinated not only protects you, but everyone around you as well.”
Influenza vaccinations are available at physician offices, local public health units and pharmacies. Sixty-eight cases of influenza have been reported to the North Dakota Department of Health so far this season. The flu season typically does not peak in North Dakota until after the New Year, but the last two seasons have had early influenza activity. Now is a great time for people to get vaccinated if they have not done so already.
“The flu vaccine protects against flu viruses that research indicates will cause the most illness that year,” said Schwartz.

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