Aspirus Health Fair and Flu Shot Clinic visits Iron County

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IRON RIVER - Iron County residents had the opportunity to get their flu shots early this year at the annual Aspirus Health Fair and Flu Shot Clinic.

Each year, the annual Aspirus Health Fair and Flu Shot Clinic visits Iron County giving residents the opportunity to get their flu shots early. Something that is beneficial as there have been some early reported cases close to home.

"There's been some flu cases in northern Wisconsin that has caused us to get that done earlier this year," said Abby Miller, Marketing Manager with Aspirus Iron River Hospital. "People have expected this health fair every year. It's held the same time every year, the second week in October. We definitely have a lot of people coming through, we've got law enforcement here. We try to get a nice cross section of the county."

Also making an appearance at this year's flu clinic is the bloodmobile. Attendees were given the opportunity to donate blood at a time of need

Scott Kataja is a registered nurse at Aspirus Iron River Hospital. With a nationwide blood shortage, he says he tries to help out with donating as much as he can.

"I've donated blood for, well, this is about the tenth time or so," says Kataja. "Especially being a nurse at the hospital we use blood quite often and so I know how important it is to donate blood for people who need it."

But it wasn't all about health and well-being at this year's clinic. There was room for a few new things, too.

"I wanted to change things up a little bit this year so we've added a farmer's market for the first time ever which is really cool," said Miller. "We've had some fitness activity going on, live music, we have our hospital gift shop here selling some stuff. We've just got a lot of activities for people to take part in which is really exciting."

The next scheduled blood drive for the blood mobile is next Monday at the Delta County Credit Union in Escanaba.

You can also find reported flu cases near you right here.


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