Trinity Health is offering flu shots at several of its primary care clinics in Minot and throughout the region. Masks are required at all Trinity Health facilities.
Infectious Disease Specialist Casmiar Nwaigwe, MD, says getting a flu shot this year is especially important because of the coronavirus pandemic. “The concern is that seasonal influenza, combined with COVID-19, could lead to more serious health problems. We also want to reduce the burden on hospitals and conserve resources needed to care for people with COVID-19 and other illnesses.”
Walk-in sites for adult flu shots in Minot are: FirstCare Walk-In Clinic at Health Center – Medical Arts, M-F, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Trinity Health South Ridge, M-Th, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to noon; and Health Center – Town & Country, Suite 104, M-F, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Flu vaccines are also available by appointment from any Trinity Health primary care provider.
Pediatric flu vaccinations are available on the 3rd Floor of Health Center – Medical Arts, M-F, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition, two Saturday pediatric flu shot clinics are scheduled for children age 6 months to 18 years and their parents on October 10 and November 7 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Appointments are required for the Saturday clinics by calling 701-857-5413.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older, and Dr. Nwaigwe advises people not to put it off. “It takes about two-weeks to reach maximum protection,” he said. “My advice is to get a flu shot early, cover coughs and sneezes, and wear a mask when in public to protect yourself and those around you.”
The hope is that precautions being taken for COVID-19 will help slow the spread of influenza. That partly depends on people getting a flu shot this year who might have been reluctant to do so in the past.