Influenza is a contagious disease caused by one of a number of related viruses.
In recognition of National Influenza Vaccination Week, Dec. 2-8, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is reminding all North Dakotans of the importance of receiving the flu vaccine before the holidays.
County health departments across the state will be giving out free flu shots. No appointment is necessary.
"We are very proud that the percentage of all staff (employees, licensed independent practitioners, and volunteers) that received the flu vaccine throughout Hunterdon Healthcare was 97 percent in the 2017-2018 season", said Lisa Rasimowicz, MSN, RN, CIC, Director of Infection Prevention at HMC.
Get vaccinated. The best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu is to get an annual flu shot, and the flu vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months and older.
Providers participating in the system also submit respiratory samples for flu testing to the MSDH lab.
The flu spreads from an infected person through coughing or sneezing. Health experts across the country recommend that everyone 6 months of age and older, including pregnant women, get a flu vaccine. People can also get the flu by touching something, like a door handle, that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth, eyes, or nose. There were more than 79,000 people hospitalized and illnesses hit record highs.
The disease spreads through coughing and sneezing with symptoms that can include high fever, chills, headaches, exhaustion, sore throat, cough and body aches.
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The flu was first observed in Europe, especially Spain - that's why it has been called the Spanish Flu. "By getting vaccinated you are protecting your family and those people you cross paths with every day".