Flu Season Continues—Dakota County Offers Reduced-Fee Shots
Dakota County Public Health offers local flu shot clinics in the next couple weeks.
Fighting the flu this late in the season is still a battle, even though fewer cases are being reported, according to the Dakota County Public Health Department.
"Flu season isn't over yet," states a department media release. "If there is anyone in your family who needs a flu vaccination, it's not too late to vaccinate."
The department is offering flu shot clinics in March — all in Apple Valley — for a reduced fee for eligible children and adults. Check the department's website to see if you are eligible, or call 952-891-7528.
Babies who recently turned six months old are especially vulnerable and should be vaccinated. Some children under nine need two doses, according to the department.
All clinics will be held at the Dakota County Western Service Center:
14955 Galaxie Avenue, Suite 286
Tues., March 12, by appointment only
Tues., March 19, walk-in from 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Tues., March 26, by appointment only
The department adds that immunizations given at public clinics should not be substituted for routine well-child visits.
Minors under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. All immunization records should be brought to the clinic.
For more information, call the Immunization Hotline at 952-891-7999.
The latest information from the Minnesota Department of Health shows that in the most recent week's report, Feb. 17 to Feb. 23, there were 31 people in Minnesota hospitalized for flu-related illness. The flu death toll for the week was 17.
Since the start of the season, 2,836 people were hospitalized, and 165 people died of influenza-related illness.
In the most recent week, two long-term care facilities and four schools reported flu outbreaks.