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Seasonal flu shots are designed to protect against influenza (flu) viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. Every flu season is different, so it is important to receive a flu vaccine annually.
 
Flu affects each person differently. It can mean a few days of feeling ill or it may require hospitalization. Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized each year and thousands of those people die from flu-related causes.
 
Everyone six months of age or older should get an annual flu vaccine, with rare exception. It is best to get vaccinated before flu starts circulating in your community, as the vaccine takes about two weeks for antibodies to develop and provide protection. Mid Dakota Clinic will provide information regarding the availability of flu shots each fall.


When a new flu strain appears, there aren't effective vaccinations available to protect the population. Here are some best practices to help prevent contracting or spreading any flu strain:
  • Avoid contact: Practice "social distancing" by avoiding close contact with sick people and crowds, and increase your distance from people who are coughing and sneezing. The communicable distance for most flu viruses is about 3 feet.
  • Wash hands: Wash hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective. Avoid rubbing your eyes or touching your nose with unwashed hands.
  • Shield your coughs: Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and immediately throw the tissue in the trash after using it
  • Stay home: If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, don't go out - stay home. You always have the option to visit one of Mid Dakota Clinic's no-appointment-necessary TODAY Clinics, particularly if the symptoms worsen.


 

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