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Steps You Can Take to Fight The Flu
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a yearly vaccination as the first and most important step in protecting against seasonal influenza (the flu).  Practicing good health habits such as washing your hands, getting plenty of rest, and eating nutritious meals can also help. If you do become sick, stay home from work or school, and cover your sneeze or cough to prevent spreading influenza to others | Preventing the Flu: Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs

Vaccine is Widely Available
Seasonal flu vaccine is now widely available at many locations in the community. If you or anyone you know needs vaccine, Public Health recommends that you check with your clinic or health care provider, local pharmacy, or Minnesota Department of Health’s online Vaccine Clinic Look-up

Seasonal flu vaccine is also available on a walk-in basis at Saint Paul – Ramsey County Public Health’s Immunization Clinic, 555 Cedar Street, Saint Paul | more information

People at High Risk of Developing Flu–Related Complications
Most people who get the flu will have mild illness, will not need medical care or antiviral drugs, and will recover in less than two weeks. Some people, however, are more likely to get flu complications that result in being hospitalized and occasionally result in death. *Some of the Individuals at risk of serious flu-related complications include:

  • People with asthma
  • People with diabetes
  • People with heart disease and those who have had a stroke
  • Adults 65 and older
  • Pregnant women
  • People who have HIV or AIDS
  • People who have cancer
  • Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old

*Visit CDC for the full list of individuals at risk of serious flu-related complications.

Online Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
What you Should Know About the 2015-2016 Influenza Season | Key Facts about Seasonal Flu Vaccine | Information for People at High Risk of Complications from Influenza

Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)
Seasonal Influenza Fact Sheet (pdf) | Flu Page | Vaccine Clinic Look-up

Cover Your Cough Posters (pdf)
Download and print Cover Your Cough posters to encourage people to stop the spread of germs that make others sick.  Available in more than 20 languages | Cover Your Cough

Public Health Emergencies
Health Emergency Information | Background Information on Influenza Pandemics

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