FARGO — Local health officials say North Dakota is a seeing a record number of people getting their flu shots this year.

During Friday's Board of Health meeting, officials say North Dakota's numbers have doubled so far this year compared to numbers last year.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that people get their flu shots early this year, and getting vaccinated by the end October is best. This will help avoid high flu numbers at the same time as high Covid-19 numbers.

'Its just a testament to the the community that we live in that people are taking ownership of their health and that their doing everything they can to stay healthy during these super unprecedented times so if anything it's just kudos to the community," says Erika Brauner, a nursing manager at Sanford Health says.

Brauner says more than 4,000 people showed up to Sanford's flu blitz events.

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Brauner says there's still time to get a flu shot by the end of month and you can make an appointment at Sanford clinic.

This link here has additional places to get a flu shot.