Lake Region Healthcare (LRH) and Prairie Ridge Healthcare (PRH) announced flu shot and COVID vaccine boosters are available for the public this week. With both COVID-19 and flu expected to be going around again this year, they are encouraging everyone to fight both of these viruses everything we’ve got to protect yourself and your community.
“The convergence of COVID-19 and influenza season will again make it more difficult to discern which virus is causing symptoms,” said Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Naomi Schmid. “The possibility of getting both viruses at the same time could be an extra inconvenience to some, or even deadly to others. Plus keeping our kids healthy and in school is so important,” she added. Appointments for the flu shots and COVID boosters are available by calling the clinic appointment ines.
The CDC recommends annual flu vaccines for those 6 months and older, especially those at higher risk of complications including pregnant women, older adults and young children. Public flu vaccine clinic schedules are below and online at www.lrhc.org/flushots and www.prairiehealth.org/flushots. Schmid added that for those eligible for the COVID-19 booster, it is acceptable to administer both the flu shot and the COVID booster at the same time.
Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to allow for use of a single booster dose, to be administered at least six months after completion of the primary series in:
• individuals 65 years of age and older;
• individuals 18 through 64 years of age at high risk of severe COVID-19; and
• individuals 18 through 64 years of age whose frequent institutional or occupational exposure to SARS-CoV-2 puts them at high risk of serious complications of COVID-19.
Further information about COVID testing options, vaccine opportunities and eduction, along with prevention tips is available at www.lrhc.org/covid19.
Area Flu Shot Clinic Schedule
Fergus Falls Main Clinic – Call 218.739.2221 for appointments
• Wednesdays, October 13 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
• Barnesville Clinic – Call 218.354.2111 for appointments