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Emergency flu shot clinics due to 12-year-old's death

MINNEAPOLIS - (Feb. 29, 2008) - Following the first reported local flu-related death in 2008, as well as new CDC recommendations on flu vaccinations for all children, Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency (MVNA) is adding public flu shot clinics at 20 ...

MINNEAPOLIS - (Feb. 29, 2008) - Following the first reported local flu-related death in 2008, as well as new CDC recommendations on flu vaccinations for all children, Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency (MVNA) is adding public flu shot clinics at 20 Minnesota Cub Food locations including Duluth for ages 5 years and older and at MVNA's Minneapolis headquarters for ages 6 months and older (see below for dates and times).

Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced yesterday that a 12-year-old child had died from complications of the flu. According to MDH, the vaccine still provides the best protection against influenza. Earlier this week, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) began recommending that all children, 6 months to 18 years, receive an influenza vaccination annually, beginning in the 2008-2009 influenza season.

"Our thoughts are with the family of the child who died," said Mary Ann Blade, MVNA CEO. "But this reminds all of us that we still need to protect ourselves and our families from the flu." A nurse by training, she encourages everyone to follow the guidelines published by the MDH to help prevent the flu from spreading:

Protect your family!

Get vaccinated if you haven't already done so. It's not too late, and influenza can circulate in our area through April.

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Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.

Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or with a tissue and then throw it away.

Get adequate rest and exercise, drink plenty of fluids.

Stay home from work, school or other activities if you are ill.

More clinic details:

Cost and insurances accepted, Cub Pharmacy donation:

MVNA accepts most major health insurance plans. Thanks to a generous donation from Cub Pharmacy, individuals without an approved health insurance plan may receive a flu shot at the reduced rate of $14. No one will be turned away due to inability to pay. Visit www.mvna.org for a full list of insurances.

20 Minnesota Cub Food clinics:

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Friday, March 7, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Walk-in clinics. Immunizations available for all individuals ages 5 years and older. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent.

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