Essentia Health Provides Walk In Flu Shot Clinics

Doctors Recommend Flu Shots for Everyone over 6 Months Old

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With Flu Season approaching, Essentia Health is offering walk in Flu shot clinics.

Influenza, or the flu, is a viral infection that attacks your respiratory system.

Though Influenza can go away on its own, a bad case can lead to complications.

The influenza strains that go in the vaccines are based off of what is circulating in other parts of the world.  But sometimes the strains change before reaching us.

Doctors said that this year’s flu season, the vaccine is predicted to be more effective.

“They think that the vaccine matches the strain that is circulating the United States, so hopefully this year with a good match, the efficacy, how well the vaccine works, will be much better than last year.” said Dr. Rajesh Prabhu of Essentia Health.

Even if the strain does not match, the vaccine can still help prevent influenza, it just may be less effective.  Doctors say it’s still important to get the vaccine.

“The more people that are vaccinated, the less chances there will be sort of an outbreak in the community,” he said.

The vaccine can be given by a shot or nasal spray.

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