Minnesota doctors are urging everyone to get a seasonal flu shot and COVID booster as soon as possible.  Minnesota Medical Association President Will Nicholson says this is a great time to get vaccinated with Thanksgiving just over two weeks away:

“As we know as the climate gets cooler in the winter and people spend more time inside together the risk of transmitting it goes up.  It does take a little while for immunizations to  fully kick in as most people learned during the COVID pandemic. So we want to make sure that everyone is safe as they can be.”

Doctor Nicholson says cases of influenza and other airborne diseases will likely rise when people gather in large groups during the holidays.  State Health Department statistics show only 13-point-four percent of Minnesotans are fully vaccinated for COVID19.