Health experts urge the community to get flu vaccine

Updated: September 16, 2020 10:27 PM
Created: September 16, 2020 10:10 PM

(ABC 6 News) - A new project called "Everyone Anywhere" is all about getting the word out to let people know when, where and who is giving flu shots.

Olmsted County Public Health, Olmsted Medical Center, and Mayo Clinic are teaming up to make sure people get vaccinated.

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, local health experts say it is doubly important that everyone get a flu vaccine, regardless where they get it.


"The more people that get a flu shot, the more we're going to reduce transmission here locally," Graham Briggs, Director of Public Health Services, Olmsted County Public Health said, "and that's a real key i think to moving in to the fall and winter season."

While getting a flu vaccine won't protect against COVID-19, flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization and death. 

Reducing the spread of respiratory illnesses, like flu, this fall and winter is more important than ever.

"Every single flu case that needs admission to the hospital stresses the healthcare system," Dr. Priya Sampathkumar, Infectious Disease Specialist at Mayo Clinic, said.

"I think the next one for this community is going to be navigating through a typical cold and flu season knowing that COVID 19 is hiding amongst those respiratory cases out there that we normally see in the community and while were used to cold and flu and know how to respond to those COVID-19 cases slipping through undetected puts our community at risk," Briggs said.

Flu season in Minnesota starts around December. Health officials are recommending individuals get a flu shot by November.

For more information on the flu vaccine in Olmsted County, click here

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