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H1N1/Seasonal flu vaccine clinic scheduled for Monday

Beltrami County Health and Human Services will hold a "Ban the Bug" Influenza Vaccination Clinic from 1-4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, at 616 America Ave. N.W., Suite 130, Bemidji.

Flu shots will continue to be available after this date through Beltrami County Health and Human Services as long as supplies last. The clinic is being held in conjunction with the statewide "Ban the Bug" campaign, an effort to encourage Minnesotans to get vaccinated against H1N1 and seasonal influenza.

"It's a great time to get vaccinated against seasonal or H1N1 influenza," said Darice Dwyer, public health nurse with Beltrami County Health & Human Services. "The Ban the Bug Campaign seeks to remind people that there is still time to protect themselves against influenza."

H1N1flu vaccinations are open to everyone and are free at Beltrami County Health and Human Services. A flu vaccination is especially recommended for pregnant women, household contacts and caregivers of children younger than six months of age, healthcare and emergency medical services personnel, all people from 6 months through 24 years of age and people 25 through 64 years of age who have health conditions associated with higher risk of medical complications from influenza.

Seasonal influenza vaccinations can benefit anyone wishing to avoid illness, are open for everyone, and are especially recommended for children who are 6 months through 18 years of age, people 50 and older, people of any age with chronic medical conditions, pregnant women, persons living with or caring for those at high risk for complications from influenza, and healthcare workers. The seasonal influenza vaccine is $7 for children and $22 for adults, and is available free for those who have Medicare Part B or a Minnesota Health Care Program at Beltrami County Health.

A nominal administrative fee may be charged at some locations for both H1N1 and seasonal influenza shots.

For details on flu vaccinations or the "Ban the Bug" clinic, call the Beltrami County Flu Hotline at 333-8145 or Beltrami County Health and Human Services, Family Health, at 333-8140.