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Health Unit in Williston Offers Flu Clinics

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You know when it's coming. The coughing, the sneezing, the stuffy nose. Flu season is now upon us. The Upper Missouri District Health Unit in Williston is offering flu clinics to help prevent the spread of the dreaded flu bug.

The snow storm that hit the Dakotas this past weekend is a harsh reminder that flu season will soon hit experts say It is not too early to get a flu shot.

"In regards to the flu vaccine, you don't get the shot and then two minutes have antibodies to where you're immune to the flu. So, it takes 10-14 days after the shot to get full immunity. And we know the flu is starting to hit. There is a lot of things going around, whether they be viruses or bacterial infections right now. Nut there seems to be a lot of coughing and sneezing going on. So the earlier you get it, the better you're protected and it does last through the flu season" explained Kathy Stenson, the clinic manager.

Flu shots are very important to not only protect ourselves, but those around us. Prevention is key.

 "I know the effects it can have on especially small children which we are around here doing immunizations all the time. We also deal with the elderly population, so, I need to be vaccinated to protect them and myself" added registered public health nurse Sharon Njos.

Not a fan of needles? No problem. There is now a flu nasal mist that is actually more effective than the flu shot it's self and pain free!

"The flu mist is a live vaccine and it also protects against four strands of the flu, while the shot does three" added Njos.

Even if you feel like you rarely get sick, or never get the flu, experts encourage you to get the shot anyway!

"We get a lot of young healthy people who say oh I don't get the flu but what were wanting is even the young healthy people because any of us can get it – we're in the public, there's a lot of people in Williston and in the surrounding areas working out in the cold weather and what not, but even young healthy people can get the flu" said Stenson.

Stenson recommends the flu shot for everyone ages 9 and up.

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