Minnesota Dept. of Health urging people to get flu shot

Amid the ongoing “National Influenza Vaccination Awareness Week,” Minnesota

Amid the ongoing "National Influenza Vaccination Awareness Week," Minnesota public health officials are urging everyone who has not received a flu shot yet this season to get vaccinated to avoid the contagious seasonal disease.

The Minnesota Department of Health cautioned in a statement that flu/influenza is an awfully contagious respiratory infection that can be life-threatening, but getting vaccinated in advance can effectively fight off the virus.

As per the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), flu activity usually peaks between December and February; and get flu shot two weeks in advance provide the body to boost immunity against the virus.

Dr. Marny Benjamin, an emergency medicine physician at St. Louis Park-based Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital, said, "We're starting to see an uptick in flu cases. As the cold weather comes, everybody goes inside and it tends to be transmitted more and it's the season for influenza."

The ongoing National Influenza Vaccination Awareness Week started on Dec. 4 and it will run through Dec. 10, 2016. Public health official around the nation are using it to raise awareness about the highly contagious disease.

Flu/influenza symptoms include fever, headache, nausea and fatigue. Taking precautions to avert the highly contagious virus is crucial, especially for children, seniors and others with weakened immune system.