Local Physicians Predict Heightened Flu Season

October 08, 2017 07:53 PM

Flu season occurs in the fall and winter, often peaking from December until February. 

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, during the 2015-2016 season, more than five million flu illnesses were prevented by the flu vaccination. 

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Flu-related hospitalizations nationwide have reached nearly 710,000 each year, while flu-related deaths range from 12,000 to 56,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

RELATED: Flu Shots for the Impending Season

Matthew Rudberg, a physician assistant at MinuteClinic, explains the upcoming flu season could be heightened due to newly-discovered flu strains in the southern hemisphere. 

“We are bracing for a bad season this year,” Rudberg said. “Everyone should receive a flu shot from 6 months and older to help build your immune system.” 

MinuteClinics -- a division of CVS pharmacies --  in Minnesota and across the county now offer an inject-safe barrier band, which improves the standard of care for injections. 

According to Rudberg, common symptoms of the flu include chronic coughing, sore throat and extreme body aches. 

“There are way to reduce your chances of getting the flu,” Rudberg said. “A strain could be on hard surfaces like door knobs, so wash your hands frequently, use hand sanitizer and do not touch your face.” 

To find the nearest flu vaccination location, check out the HealthMap Vaccine Finder.

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