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Flu season to be here soon

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It's a sign of the changing season, flu shot clinics are opening in parts of the valley next week.

This flu season is going to be, just, a little different than the last one. You can never really predict what the flu season is going to look like.

"It's very hard to pin down what might happen, and so it's an educated guess."

Fargo Cass Public Health has not heard of any flu cases yet this year. But the flu can strike as early as October.

"flu can come on quite sudden, so if you are feeling some of those symptoms it is best to at least call your care provider, and see if they want you to go in."

Cold and allergy symptoms overlap quite a bit, but the biggest difference is colds usually don't last longer than 14 days. 

The best way to protect yourself this year, is to go get your flu vaccine.

"Even if you get a flu shot, and it's not exactly the kind of strain that hits, it will give you some sort of protection against those circulating viruses."

And this year, a new flu vaccine is rolling out, it will now fight four different strains, rather than just three.

"Anytime you can add another strain in for prevention that's better, but still the trivalent vaccine is fine also, it's again our first line of defense for fighting the flu."

The vaccines will cost you around $40 and you can get them at any care provider, pharmacy, and even some drug stores.

"What we always say is get the flu vaccine as soon as it is available, so hopefully it will carry you through the season"

Find a flu vaccine near you:

Minnesota: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/immunize/vaxfinder.html#MN

North Dakota: http://www.ndflu.com/FluClinic.aspx

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