Local healthcare entities urge residents to get seasonal vaccines ahead of respiratory season

Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff (Canva)
Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff (Canva)

(Fargo, ND) -- Several area health entities; including Fargo Cass Public Health, Sanford Heath, and Essentia Health, are joining together to emphasize the importance of influenza, RSV, and COVID-19 vaccines. 

The trio of healthcare entities are sharing the public health announcement as the nation approaches the expected respiratory season. Fargo Cass Public Health says vaccinations are one of the most effective ways to not only help prevent the spread of illness, but also reducing the severity of symptoms post vaccination. However, data with the North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services shows 49% of children between the ages of 6 months to 4 years old got a flu vaccine, leaving many young people without protection.

“Respiratory illnesses pose a significant threat to our community,” said Dr. Steven Briggs, Sanford Health chief medical officer. “It is paramount that we take a proactive approach to protect ourselves and our communities. Prevention and responsible behaviors are our strongest allies in the fight against these diseases.”

Along with influenza vaccines, a newly released RSV vaccine for infants and people ages 60 and older and an updated COVID-19 vaccine are available this fall. 

“Along with Sanford Health and Essentia Health, we are committed to protecting our community,” said Dr. Tracie Newman, FCPH Health Officer. “Vaccination is key in our defense against respiratory illnesses, and we encourage everyone to get vaccinated to protect themselves and their neighbors.”

You can find more information about vaccinations in the F-M area by clicking here