State health officials launch flu vaccine initiative
St. Paul, Minn. — State health officials are launching a week-long drive to encourage Minnesotans to get their flu shots.
The campaign is called "Ban the Bug." The effort coincides with the Centers for Disease Control's National Influenza Vaccination Week, which will provide numerous opportunities for Minnesotans across the state to receive their vaccinations.
"The first confirmed case of influenza in Minnesota was several weeks ago, and it takes about six to 10 weeks before we see widespread community transmission of influenza," says Kris Ehresmann of the state Health Department. "So this is an excellent time to be vaccinated if you haven't done that."
Ehresmann says flu vaccines can benefit anyone, but are especially recommended for people 50 years of age and older, people with chronic medical conditions, women who will be pregnant during influenza season and healthcare workers.
People can get flu shots at special clinics around the state this week, as well as at local public health clinics. Flu season can peak anytime between December and April.
- All Things Considered, 11/26/2007, 5:50 p.m.