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Health Department Stresses the Importance of Flu Shots

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It's National Influenza Vaccination Week, and the health department reminds everyone about the importance of getting a flu shot. So far this season, there are 35 confirmed cases of influenza in North Dakota, and that number is expected to increase.

Health officials encourage everyone to get vaccinated, especially if they have pre-existing medical conditions or if they are under the age of five or over 65.

"After you're vaccinated, your body starts working to produce the immunity to the flu viruses that are in the vaccine or the strains that are in the vaccines, but it does take two weeks to get optimal immunity, so that being said, you still want to be careful," Melissa Fettig, First District Health.

Influenza vaccinations are available at physician offices, local public health units and pharmacies.

For more information, visit www.ndflu.com.

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