(AP) - State health officials are urging Minnesotans to get their flu shots, saying that getting vaccinated now will still give residents months of protection against influenza.
Flu activity usually peaks in February, according to the state Department of Health.
A series of "Ban the Bug" flu clinics began Monday and will run through Dec. 15. Minnesotans can log onto the state Department of Health's influenza Web site to find a clinic in their area.
People most at risk of complications from the flu are encouraged to get their vaccinations every year. That includes people over 50, infants and young children, and those with chronic medical conditions.
But officials say there is enough vaccine available this year for everyone who wants to avoid getting sick from the flu.
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