The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone six months and older get a yearly vaccination to protect against seasonal flu. For best protection, flu vaccine is usually given in the fall before flu season starts. But you can get it anytime during flu season, which can last as late as May.
Other steps to prevent the spread of the flu include covering your cough, washing hands frequently and staying home when sick.
Seasonal flu vaccine is available at many locations in the community. Check with your health provider, local pharmacy, or the online HealthMap Vaccine Finder.
Dakota County Public Health now has flu vaccine available for all eligible adults and children 6 months and older through walk-in immunization clinics or by appointment. See the clinic schedule.
A donation of $21 for each vaccination is suggested, but no one who is eligible for flu vaccine will be turned away if they are unable to pay this donation.
For current information about vaccinations from Public Health, call the Immunization Information Line at 952-891-7999 (English and Spanish).
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