Essentia Health takes fear out of flu shots with Spooktacular Flu event

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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) -- All ghouls and goblins were invited to the Essentia Health's Spooktacular Flu event Saturday.

Families dressed up in costumes and came out for trick or treating, games, prizes and crafts.

Essentia's trying to take the scary out of flu shots by having a fun atmosphere.

Most insurances cover shots. Kids can get them for free, and adults have to pay a small charge if they don't have insurance.

"We just really want to encourage everyone to get their flu shot," said Tara Ekren, Essentia Health Media Relations Specialist. "It really is important for everyone to have a flu shot to protect those who can't get their flu shot for various reasons, so the more people that we're able to vaccinate, the healthier that we are as a community."

The health center plans on having another event like this one on November 16th.