Posted at: 01/10/2013 9:54 AM
Updated at: 01/10/2013 9:58 AM
By: Brittany Falkers
A recent spike in flu cases and deaths across the country has Northlanders are finding ways to stay healthy.
Influenza is widespread across the country and here in the Northland and health officials say it is not too late to get a flu shot. So, Essentia Health in Duluth is setting up a walk-in flu booth to meet the recent demand for the flu vaccine.
While the vaccine is not 100 percent affective for everyone, doctors say it is the best defense available against the illness. Fortunately, health officials say this year's vaccine is a good match for the strains that are circulating in the community. It's recommended for anyone age 6 months and older.
Flu shots will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11, Thursday, Jan. 17, and Friday, Jan. 18, in the lobby of the Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic First Street Building, 420 East First St. No appointment is needed.
The cost of the flu shot is covered by Medicare Part B, Medicaid, and most private insurance companies. An Essentia spokesperson said in a release that it is a good idea for patients to wear short-sleeved or sleeveless clothing when they come for their shot.