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Essentia Health offering flu shot blitz

Essentia Health is offering a series of flu shot blitzes across the region.

At Essentia Health St. Mary's-Detroit Lakes Clinic, flu shots will be available without an appointment at the following times:

• Thursday, Sept. 13, from 8-11 a.m.

• Thursday, Sept. 20, from 3-6 p.m.

• Friday, Oct. 5, from 8-11 a.m.

• Thursday, Oct. 18, from 3-6 p.m.

Also, flu shots will be available at Essentia's clinics in Mahnomen on Friday, Sept. 14, from 8:30-11 a.m. and in Pelican Rapids on Monday, Sept. 24, from 8:30-11 a.m.

Experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone over 6 months old get vaccinated -- they say it's the best way to help prevent yourself and your family from getting influenza.

The flu season often peaks in January or February, but can start as early as October. That's why experts say it's important to get a seasonal flu shot as soon as the vaccine becomes available.

The cost of the flu shot is covered by Medicare Part B, Medicaid and most private insurance companies. The shot is offered at a special discounted price of $37 during the flu blitz days and times. It's a good idea for patients to wear short-sleeved or sleeveless clothing when they come for their immunization.

For more information, please contact the Essentia Health St. Mary's-Detroit Lakes Clinic at (218) 844-2300 or visit Essentia's website at