No one likes to bring their child to the clinic for shots, but seeing a child suffer from a preventable illness is something no parent wants to experience, either.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recently recommended that children age 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine as soon as possible.
“Earlier is always better to be safe,” explains pediatrician Dr. Stacene Maroushek. “We never know when we will see our flu season start. Some flu seasons start in November or early December, and others don’t peak until March.”
When outbreaks occur earlier (in November or December) and not as many people have been vaccinated, flu can spread like wildfire. That’s why pediatricians like Dr. Maroushek endorse annual flu immunizations for children — and adults.
“Especially hospital staff, school teachers and daycare providers. They should get vaccinated as soon as possible to help reduce the spread of flu.”
Symptoms of influenza include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches and fatigue. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized each year for flu-related complications.
To schedule a flu shot for you or your child, please call 612.873.6963.
Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc. will hold its annual meeting on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at Minneapolis Central Library’s Pohlad Hall located at 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis. The meeting will take place from 4-5 p.m.
Parking is available underneath the library. The entrance to the ramp is on 4th Street in between Hennepin and Nicollet Avenues.
Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc. operates Hennepin County Medical Center in downtown Minneapolis and primary care clinics in Minneapolis on East Lake Street and in the Whittier Neighborhood and in the suburban communities of Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Richfield, and St. Anthony, as well as retail clinics in the Walmart stores in Bloomington and Eden Prairie.
A draft of the Hennepin County Medical Center Health Services Plan – an annual report that describes the health needs of the community and HCMC’s role in serving those needs – is available to review at HCMC.org or a hard copy can be requested by calling 612-873-2271. The public is invited to provide feedback about the draft plan online, by mail, or in person by attending a public meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, 7 pm at Whittier Clinic, 2810 Nicollet Ave. South, Minneapolis. Refreshments will be served at the public meeting. Map & Directions