Flu vaccine kick-off

Published: Sep. 24, 2019 at 8:42 PM CDT
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With temperatures dropping, the North Dakota Department of Health is reminding people to get their flu shots.

To help promote the flu vaccine and increase vaccination rates, Gov. Doug Burgum received his flu shot and a sticker along with a panel of representatives from the Department of Health, Indian Affairs, and a mother who's experienced the pain of what can happen by not getting the shot.

Angie Wehrkamp lost her two-year-old daughter Gianna in 2015 to the flu after not receiving the vaccine. She now travels the country speaking about her experience and warning parents about the dangers of unvaccinated children.

"The major challenges that we seem to face are 'I don't like getting shots'. Well, sometimes we have to man up and do what's right for ourselves and our community," Wehrkamp said.

Gianna was an otherwise healthy child, and developed symptoms of the flu only 48 hours before she died. The DOH recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months get the flu vaccine.

According to the North Dakota Department of Health, there have been seven confirmed cases of influenza already this year.