ND Flu Season

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The cold and flu season is just around the corner. With that in mind North Dakota health officials traveled to Grand Forks on Monday to urge everyone to get a flu shot. Last year the state confirmed over 75-hundred cases of influenza. The health department’s Jill Baber says some simple steps can go a long way: vaccination...washing hands...and stay home when you are sick.

The prime time for flu is typically January to March - but cases can occur anytime from September to May. Baber says influenza is unpredictable so it’s hard to predict how severe this season might be. Last year less than 30-percent of North Dakotans received a flu shot. Immunization Coordinator Lexie Barber is hoping that number goes up – especially for those considered to be high risk.

Last year influenza proved deadly – blamed for 25 deaths in the state.

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