Sanford Media Specialist – Fargo Region
(701) 200-6080 / firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Fargo, ND) – Sanford Health will begin offering seasonal influenza (flu) vaccinations to patients 18 years of age and older at flu shot blitzes in Fargo on:
- Tuesday, Sept. 28 from 5-8 p.m., Sanford Clinic Broadway, 737 Broadway N.
- Wednesday, Sept. 29 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sanford Clinic Broadway, 737 Broadway N.
- Tuesday, Oct. 5 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sanford Clinic Southpointe, 2400 32nd Ave. S.
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?
Everyone, including school-aged children, who want to reduce the risk of becoming ill with influenza or of transmitting it to others, should get a flu shot. Certain groups are at higher risk and are strongly recommended to receive the vaccination:
- All children ages 6 months up to their 19th birthday.
- 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 high-risk populations, vaccination is also recommended for:
- Health care workers.
- Caregivers of children less than six months of age and adults over age 50.
- Adults and children who live with children less than six 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.
- Sanford is offering flu shots for $34 between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31. Flu shots given after Jan. 1, 2011, will be $62.
- Tip for saving time – If you have a doctor's appointment scheduled, ask to get a flu shot during your appointment.
- For Sanford regional clinic flu shot blitz dates call your individual clinic or the Sanford flu information line (701) 234-1234.
- For more information, call the Sanford flu information line at (701) 234-1234.
- 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. Hand washing is a key to reducing your risk.
- For more information about flu or flu vaccination, go to the CDC's website at www.cdc.gov/Features/FLU/.