Flu season is rapidly approaching, and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) says the best way to prepare for the flu is to receive the new vaccine. The vaccine contains three strings of the virus: H1N1, H3N2, and an influenza B string.
The Minnesota Department of Health recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months should get vaccinated against the flu, even if they received the seasonal and H1N1 vaccination last year.
The vaccines are available in two forms, a shot, and a nasal mist. The shot contains the killed virus, while the nasal mist contains a weakened virus.
Both the nasal mist and the shot are widely available to the public at many different locations. To find the nearest vaccination center to you, visit the Minnesota Department of Health website.– by Dominique Hlavac