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Health Fair 11's Flu Fighter Clinics Begin Sept. 20


September 14, 2012 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN

Flu season is returning to the Northern Hemisphere. It won't be long before the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) start issuing weekly influenza bulletins.

According to MDH, 552 Minnesotans were hospitalized last flu season with laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza. Thirty-three flu deaths were recorded in Minnesota. The CDC says on average, 13% of Americans will "catch" the flu this year. Yet, influenza is one of the easiest illnesses to prevent. Prevention starts with getting an annual flu vaccination.

Flu Fighter Clinics at all Lunds & Byerly's
Health Fair 11 and the Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency (MVNA) are once again joining forces to offer Flu Fighter Clinics.

Flu Fighter Clinics dates and hours

WHERE:
All 22 Lunds and Byerly's grocery stores (map here)

WHEN:
Sept. 20-22 and Sept. 27-29, 2012

HOURS:
Thursdays - Fridays 3 - 7 p.m.
Saturdays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

WHO:
Flu Fighter Clinics are open to anyone age 3 and older. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

COST:
Most health insurance plans will cover the cost of a seasonal flu vaccination. MVNA bills 16 major health insurance plans on the flu shot recipient's behalf. Proof-of-insurance or Medicare coverage is required.

People preferring to pay cash or check will be charged $29 for a flu shot. FluMist® nasal vaccine will be available for $32. FluZone® High Dose flu vaccine for seniors will be available on a limited basis for $50.

Parents urged to vaccinate entire family
Flu Fighter Clinics are uniquely ready to handle children. MVNA nurses can administer vaccinations for ages three years and older. According to Minnesota regulation, children under 10 years of age cannot be vaccinated by pharmacists and many retail pharmacy outlets limit the age to nineteen years and older.

Flu Fighter Clinics protect health and support the community
When you choose to get a flu vaccination at a Flu Fighter Clinic, you are also helping support the health of the entire community. MVNA is a non-profit organization established in 1902. Proceeds from the Flu Fighter Clinics support MVNA and its mission to provide care for children and adults in the community.

Flu Fighter Clinic sponsors
The annual Flu Fighter Clinics are made possible by Health Fair 11, a not-for-profit organization with a mission of providing free or low-cost screenings, health education, and health materials to members of our community. Health Fair 11 operates with the support of KARE 11, UCare, and North Memorial.

Since 1998, Health Fair 11's Flu Fighter Clinics have administered 871,037 flu shots.

Contact:
Craig Hotvedt
763-797-7299

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