‘Ban the Bug’ campaign set

Health officials say that since H1N1 flu vaccinations are available at most clinics, pharmacies and other locations, most Minnesotans should get vaccinated.

H1N1 flu, also known as swine flu, vaccinations just are becoming available to everyone. They had been limited to high-risk people. Those vaccinations are in good supply now that the version of the flu is waning, although a new wave of the illness is possible.

The Health Department and others are launching a Ban the Bug campaign beginning Sunday to encourage Minnesotans to be vaccinated.

"We’ve done what we can to vaccinate our children and those most vulnerable to H1N1," the Health Department’s Kristen Ehresmann said. "Now it’s time for the rest of us to be vaccinated."

Ehresmann said that it is not too late to get vaccinated. While influenza illnesses have declined in Minnesota, there is still sporadic activity; four states still have widespread flu activity and 13 report regional activity.

Besides H1N1, health officials recommend receiving a separate vaccination for the seasonal flu. A vaccination for one provides no protection against the other.

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