Minneapolis partners to prepare for flu season

The H1N1 pandemic had flu on everyone’s mind last year. While we are not facing the same threat this year, the Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support continues to work to prevent the flu.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone over 6 months of age be vaccinated for the flu each year to keep individuals, families and communities healthy by preventing the spread of the flu.

In preparation for this flu season, the Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support has led the planning for Minneapolis school-located vaccination clinics, partnering with Minneapolis Public Schools, Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, and Kohl’s department store. The vaccine is available for children, school staff, and their families at school-sponsored events.

The first school-located vaccination clinic took place Sept. 23 at Bancroft Elementary School and was a success. As of Sept. 29, participating schools include: Andersen United, Anishinabe Academy, Anwantin Middle, Bancroft, Burroughs Community, Thomas Edison High School, Field Community, Kenny Community, Lake Harriet Community, Lucy Craft Laney, Lyndale Elementary, Nellie Stone Johnson Community, Northrop Community, Ramsey International Fine Arts, Sheridan International Fine Arts, Waite Park Schools, Ann Sullivan Elementary, Jefferson Community, Jenny Lind, Dowling, Harrison Education and Community Center, and Windom. Other schools may still sign up to host flu vaccination clinics.

The Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support has also updated its flu webpage to provide the public with information about flu symptoms, how to prevent the spread of flu, where to receive a flu vaccination, and how to care for someone who contracts the flu.

Because contagious illnesses like the flu do not recognize city, county or state geographic borders, Minneapolis works in partnership with other metro cities, area hospitals and health providers, and state and federal government agencies.

Published Oct 5, 2010