Flu season is coming and getting vaccinated can protect you and your family. The vaccine works to reduce the risk of getting seriously ill, including hospitalizations, pneumonia and death.
Minnesota influenza outbreaks typically occur between December through April. Antibodies develop about two weeks after getting the vaccine.
For the elderly and those with immuno-compromising diseases, the immune system is often slower to respond. Flu shots or other vaccines may not work as well or protect against illness as long as expected.
Riverwood Healthcare Center will offer flu clinics for the public by appointment at all three of its locations at these times:
Aitkin Clinic: Tuesdays, Oct. 4, 11, 18 & 25, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Garrison Clinic: Thursdays, Oct. 6 and 13, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
McGregor Clinic: Wednesdays, Oct. 5, 12 and 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
To make an appointment, call Riverwood’s appointments line at 218-927-2157. When you call, have your health insurance card or information available.
Beginning Oct. 3, flu shots will also be made available to patients and their significant others during clinic visits. After the completion of the community clinics, a flu shot may also be obtained by making a nurse visit appointment.
For more information on flu symptoms, prevention and treatment, go to Minnesota Department of Health