Flu shots for children/teens:
- Parents with children/teens ages 0-17 years should call their doctor's office to make an appointment.
While it's suggested that everyone get a flu shot, the following people should be sure to receive the vaccine:
- People 50 years and older
- People who live in long-term care facilities
- People ages 5-50 years with chronic health conditions
- Children ages 6 months-5 years (this is new; the previous recommendation was children ages 6-23 months)
- Pregnant women
- Day-care providers
- Adults and children who live with children ages 0-5 years
- Health-care personnel who provide direct patient care
- MeritCare is offering flu shots for $30; this is a covered benefit under Medicare.
- If you have a doctor's appointment scheduled, ask to get a flu shot during your appointment.
- Flu viruses spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.
- Patients attending a blitz at MeritCare Broadway should park in the new parking deck on the north side of the campus and come in the main entrance.
- For more information, call MeritCare's flu information line at (701) 234-1234.