Sanford Health in East Grand Forks has scheduled events for people to get the seasonal influenza vaccination, and people will have the option to receive the COVID-19 vaccination at the same time.

Sanford’s East Grand Forks clinic, at 929 Central Ave. NW, will offer the vaccinations for adults and children at events on Saturday, Sept. 18, and again the following week on Sept. 25. The vaccine clinics will run from 9-11 a.m. on both days.

Vaccinations are by appointment only, which people can schedule through the online My Sanford Chart, or by calling 218-773-6800. The nasal mist flu vaccine will not be available at the vaccination events. People with scheduled doctor appointments can also ask for the influenza vaccine at that time.

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will be available for individuals 12 years of age and older. The second dose of the vaccine should be received 21 days after the first dose. Patients will be asked to wear face masks and follow social distancing guidelines. Masks will be available at the clinic.

According to Sanford Health, everyone ages six months and older should get a flu vaccination annually to reduce the risk of becoming ill with influenza or transmitting it to others. Certain groups are at higher risk and are strongly recommended to receive the flu vaccine:

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  • All children ages six months and older, unless advised otherwise by your physician.

  • Pregnant women and anyone who becomes pregnant during the flu season.

  • People 50 years and older.

  • Adults and children with certain chronic conditions.

To prevent transmission to high-risk populations, vaccination is also recommended for:

  • Health care workers.

  • Caregivers of children less than six months of age and adults over age 50.

  • Adults and children who live with children less than six months of age.

  • Adults and children who live with or care for persons with medical conditions that put them at higher risk for severe complications from influenza.

If applicable, people should bring their health insurance card to the vaccination events.

Sanford Health is reminding people that influenza viruses spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it, and then touching their mouth or nose. Hand washing is a key to reducing the risk of infection.

For more information about flu or flu vaccination, people can visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at www.cdc.gov/Features/FLU/.