MeritCare will begin offering influenza (flu) vaccinations to patients 18 years of age and older at flu shot blitzes in Fargo on:
- Monday, Oct. 13, from 5-8 p.m., MeritCare Broadway, 737 Broadway, and MeritCare Southpointe, 2400 32nd Ave. S.
- Tuesday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., MeritCare Southpointe
- Wednesday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., MeritCare Broadway
- Tuesday, Oct. 21, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. MeritCare Southpointe
- Monday, Oct. 27, from 5-8 p.m., MeritCare Broadway and MeritCare Southpointe
- Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., MeritCare Southpointe
- Wednesday, Oct. 29, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., MeritCare Broadway
- Tuesday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., MeritCare Broadway
Flu shots for children/teens:
- Parents with children/teens ages 0-17 years should call their doctor's office to make an appointment.
Who should receive a flu shot?
According to the Centers for Disease Control, every person, including school-aged children, who wants to reduce the risk of becoming ill with influenza or of transmitting it to others, should get a flu shot. However, certain groups are at higher risk and are strongly recommended to receive the vaccination:
- All children ages 6 months up to their 19th birthday (this is a new recommendation).
- Pregnant women and anyone who becomes pregnant during the flu season.
- People 50 years and older.
- Adults and children with certain chronic conditions.
To prevent transmission to the high-risk persons identified above, vaccination is also recommended for the following:
- Health care providers.
- Caregivers of children less than 6 months of age and adults over age 50.
- Adults and children who live with children less than 6 months of age.
- Adults and children who live with or care for persons with medical conditions that put them at higher risk for severe complications from influenza.
- MeritCare is offering flu shots for $34 for those persons that meet CDC guidelines between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31. Flu shots given after Jan. 1, 2009, will be $62.
- Preservative-free vaccine will be provided at a charge of $38 between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31. The price for preservative-free flu shots will be $74 beginning on Jan. 1, 2009.
- If you have a doctor's appointment scheduled, ask to get a flu shot during your appointment.
- Patients attending a blitz at MeritCare Broadway should park in the top parking deck on the north side of the campus and come in the main entrance.
- MeritCare regional clinic flu shot blitz dates and times can be obtained by calling the individual clinics.
- For more information, call MeritCare's flu information line at (701) 234-1234 or visit meritcare.com, keyword: flu.
- 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.
- For more information about flu or flu vaccination, go to the CDC's Web site at cdc.gov/Features/FLU/.