Health Department encourages flu vaccine

Published: Oct. 7, 2020 at 3:10 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - With flu season upon us alongside the COVID pandemic The West Central Health District encourages the community to get their flu shots. They are challenging everyone to get the vaccine before Halloween.

“The sooner you get the flu vaccine, the better you’re protected. It takes approximately two weeks for those antibodies to build in your system. And so the sooner you get it before the spread is occurring in our area the better you will be,” said West Central District Health Executive Director, Shannon Vanderheiden.

Hospitalization capacity is only 30 percent due to COVID. Vanderheiden says this vaccine can help reduce the chances of taxing our healthcare system and having care available to those who need it. Last year across the U.S., less than half of Americans received their flu vaccine which resulted in over 400,000 people being hospitalized from the flu.

“We don’t want to tax our health care system anymore than we have to so getting vaccinated will help prevent that,” said Vanderheiden.

Vanderheiden says you can get flu shot by scheduling an appointment at their health department to receive the vaccination in office, care side, and off site clinics for businesses and facilities. To schedule you can call WCDHD at 308-221-6831 or go on their site

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