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Published September 25, 2010, 12:00 AM

H1N1 scare had positive side effect

More people decided to get seasonal flu shots, which led to lighter flu season
Last year’s H1N1 scare had droves of people lining up for shots to ward off the so-called “swine flu,” but Dr. Curt Nyhus also noticed a positive side effect.

Last year’s H1N1 scare had droves of people lining up for shots to ward off the so-called “swine flu,” but Dr. Curt Nyhus also noticed a positive side effect.

“We saw a lot less seasonal flu last year than we have ever seen,” he said.

Nyhus, a family physician at Sanford Health’s walk-in urgent care clinic in Fargo, said he hopes those who normally don’t get the flu shot but did so last year because of H1N1 realized the benefits and will go back for another shot this season.

“Hopefully, we’ll see a residual benefit for many years,” he said.

Sanford Health will offer seasonal flu vaccinations to patients 18 years and older during three flu shot blitzes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Oct. 5.

Essentia Health, formerly known in the Fargo-Moorhead area as Innovis Health, also has flu shot blitzes slated for Oct. 22 and 27 and Nov. 3 and 12. The shot will contain both seasonal and H1N1 flu vaccines.

Nyhus said doctors haven’t been told to expect anything out of the ordinary this flu season, such as a resurgence of H1N1 or hybrids. He said he hasn’t seen any influenza cases yet this season, but that’s typical for this time of year.

“But we do want to encourage people to certainly get their flu vaccines,” he said.

Certain groups are at a higher risk of getting sick with influenza or spreading it to others, according to Sanford Health. They include children from age 6 months to their 19th birthday, pregnant women, people 50 and older and adults and children with certain chronic conditions.

At the Main Avenue Walgreens in Moorhead, manager Jeff Swanson has seen “a steady stream” of customers seeking the flu shot at a pace slightly ahead of last year.

“We’ve definitely seen an interest,” he said.

The store offers the dual seasonal/H1N1 vaccine and has plenty in stock, he said.

“We’d like to see more (people getting the shot) because it’s all available and there are no lines right now, so it’s a little easier to get in and out,” he said, adding that if the flu hits, “there’s going to be a mad dash.”

Essentia, Sanford plan flu shot blitzes in coming weeks

Essentia Health and Sanford Health have scheduled flu shot blitzes in the coming weeks for adults 18 years and older.

Parents of children 17 and under should call their doctor’s office to make an appointment, the health providers said.

Here are the dates and information for the blitzes:

Sanford Health

  • 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the clinic at 737 Broadway.
  • 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the clinic at 737 Broadway.
  • 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 5 at Sanford Clinic Southpointe, 2400 32nd Ave. S.

The seasonal flu vaccine costs $34 through Dec. 31. Flu shots given after Jan. 1 will cost $62.

Essentia Health

  • 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 22 at the main campus at 3000 32nd Ave. S.
  • 3 to 6 p.m. Oct. 27 at the West Fargo clinic at 1401 13th Ave. E.
  • 3 to 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at the West Acres clinic.
  • 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 12 at the South University campus, 1702 S. University Drive.

The vaccine costs $37. It contain both seasonal and H1N1 flu vaccines.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Mike Nowatzki at (701) 241-5528

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