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ST. CLOUD -- With flu season around the corner, CentraCare Health is reminding you to get you flu shot.

Cases of the flu become more common near the end of October, when the weather turns cold.

Karen Witzman is the Director of Employee Health Services for CentraCare Health. She says flu shots are the best way to fight the virus.

"We have no other tool that will help us fight the flu. If you don't get the vaccine, you will be vulnerable to a virus you can't protect yourself from."

Often times people mistake a cold for the flu. Witzman says the flu deals more with the respiratory system.

Symptoms of the flu include fever, chills, exhaustion and can last more than 10 days.

"It takes a long time even after having the flu to feel normal again."

Witzman says There are two ways to receive the flu vaccine, the flu mist or flu shot.

"Both of them are giving you the same protection from the viruses that are out there."

The vaccine takes about two weeks to take effect, and will last for a year.

CentraCare Health will be offering "walk-in" dates October 15, 24, 29 and November 7, 12 from 5:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m. and October 5, 12, 26 and November 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Patients are encouraged to contact their primary clinic to schedule and appointment for their flu shot.


CentraCare Health gives flu shot. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)