Editor's note: The following information is from Todd County Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Even healthy people need a flu vaccine. Influenza (flu) is a contagious disease which can lead to serious illness, including pneumonia. Even healthy people can get sick enough to miss work or school for a significant amount of time or even be hospitalized.

An annual flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older. Pregnant women, young children, older people, and people with certain chronic medical conditions like asthma, diabetes and heart disease are at increased risk of serious flu-related complications, so getting a yearly flu vaccine is especially important for them.

When and where to get vaccinated?

You should get a flu vaccine by the end of October. However, as long as flu viruses are circulating, vaccination should continue throughout flu season, even in January or later. Flu vaccines are offered in many doctors’ offices and clinics. Flu vaccine is available in many other locations, including health departments, pharmacies, urgent care clinics, health centers, and travel clinics. Vaccines may also be offered at your school, college health center, or workplace. Visit: www.vaccinefinder.org to find a flu vaccination clinic near you.

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Todd County Health and Human Services will have flu and immunization clinics by appointment only on the following dates: Monday, Oct. 26; Tuesday, Nov. 3; Monday, Nov. 23; Tuesday, Dec. 1; and Monday, Dec. 28.

For more information, questions or to make an appointment, call Todd County Health and Human Services at 320-732-4500.