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llggglgggg It's not too early to give yourself and the people around you a gift for the up- coming holidays: protection from in- fluenza. By getting vaccinated for influenza now, you can greatly reduce your chances of getting influenza - or spreading it to someone else - during the busy holiday season, say state health officials. . Minnesota's annual Ban the Bug campaign, occurring Dec. 4-10, is a collaborative effort to provide Min- nesot~ns with opportunities to get their annu~ influenza vaccination. Cam- paign ',,partners include the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Minnesota Coalition for Adult Immu- nizatioh (MCAI), local public health agencies and other health care providers. The campaign coincides with the Centers for Disease Control and Pre/vention's National Influenza Vaccina0on Week. Local/public health agencies, non- profit groups and health care organiza- tions in r~any Minnesota communities will spon sor influenza vaccination clin- ics durin ; Ban the Bug week as well as througho at the month of December and beyond. "Influ :nza is a disease that'can have serious consequences," said Kristen Ehresmal Ln, director of MDH's Infec- tious Dis, ;ase Epidemiology and Con- trol divisi 3n. Over a period of 30 years, between 1976 and 2006, estimates of annual f u-associated deaths in the UnitedS tates range from a low of about 3,0 30 to a high of about 49,000 people. Ir Minnesota, hundreds of peo- ple, young and old, are hospitalized each year due to complications of in- fluenza. It!is one of the leading causes of death f0r people 65 and older, but children un~ler 5 also have high rates of hospitalization. "The best way to re- duce your ri'~k of influenza is with vac- cination," E~resmann said. While a'recent major review of I . . studies on influenza vaccine effective- ness concludes that the flu vaccine is not as effective at preventing illness as previously thought, vaccine is still the best, most specific tool we have for fighting influenza, Ehresmann said. "While the vaccine doesn't offer perfect protection, if you don't get vaccinated, you have zero protection," she said. It's important to get influenza vac- cine every year, health officials said. The vaccine often changes from year to year because the strains of virus circu- lating around the world can change every year. Although the strains in- cluded in the vaccine this year are the same as last year, people still need to be vaccinated since the level of protec- tion wanes over the course of a year. Minnesota recorded its first official case of influenza early this season and the virus is currently circulating at low or "sporadic" levels in the state. Flu season can peak anytime between Jan- uary and April, so getting an influenza vaccination now can provide months of protection, said Ehresmann. "Our coalition works year round to make sure Minnesotans have every op- portunity to protect themselves, their families and their community against influenza and to stay healthy all season long," added Kristin Nichol, MD, As- sociate Chief of Staff for Research at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System and chair of MCAI. To locate the flu clinic nearest you, go to the MDH Influenza website at www.mdhflu.com. Click on Find a Flu Shot Clinic. The cost of vaccinations will vary at each site. There is no cost to people with Medicare Part B and some other insurance plans, provided they bring their Medicare or other insurance cards with them. Those seeking shots are asked to wear short sleeves, perhaps under a sweater if it's cold, to make get- ting the shot easier and more comfort- able. Flu shots also may be given at other locations and times not listed on the MDH website. Check with your physi- cian's office or regular walk-in clinic about getting vaccinated against the flu. Influenza vaccination is now rec- ommended for everyone six months and older unless they cannot be vacci- nated for medical reasons. It is espe- cially important that those at high risk for serious complications from in- fluenza be vaccinated. These include pregnant women, seniors, young chil- dren and those with chronic medical conditions. Children Under six months of age cannot receive influenza vaccine, so household contacts and caretakers should be vaccinated to protect the very young. For those who don't like shots, a nasal spray is available for healthy peo- ple ages 2 through 49. "It takes about two weeks to de- velop maximum protection after a flu shot, so don't put Off getting vacci- nated," Ehresmann said. "If you get your shot during Ban the Bug week, you should reach your full immunity by the time your family and friends gather for the holidays." During flu season, besides getting vaccinated, there are other steps people can take to avoid spreading or catching influenza: Do your best to stay healthy. Get plenty of rest, physical activity and healthy eating. Stay home from school or work if you have a respiratory infection. Avoid exposing yourself to others who are sick with flu-like illness. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue whenever you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue away. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve. Clean surfaces you touch frequently, such as doorknobs, water faucets, re- frigerator handles and telephones. Wash your hands often with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available. The symptoms of influenza, which tend to come on suddenly, can include a sore throat, coughing, fever, headache, muscle aches and fatigue. People who become severely ill with influenza-like symptoms should see a physician. Influenza is caused by a virus and antibiotics are not effective against it. Muriel Sherman Muriel Sherman, 96, of Ortonville, passed away on Nov. 20, 2011 at the Ortonville Hospital. Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011 at the United Methodist Church in Ortonville. Rev. Darrell Boe officiated. Muriel Lorraine Rachel Kaercher was born on Aug, 22, 1915, in Ortonville, to John and Rachel (Rehnke) Kaercher. She was baptized and confirmed in the Methodist faith and graduated from Ortonville High School. She attended secretarial school in Minneapolis Leonard Morrill Larson Funeral Home of Clinton announces the death of Leonard Morrill, age 80, of Clinton. Memorial services will be -held on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Clinton. Visitation will be tonight, Tuesday evening, Nov. 29, 201 t from 5-7 p.m. at the church, with a prayer service beginning at 7 p;m. Visitation will contipue one hour prior to the services at the church on Wednesday. Minister Bev McNeill and Pastor David Homrighausen will officiate. Organist will be Pam Chase with special piano music provided by Kari Casper. Honorary Urn Bearers are all of Leonard's grandchildren and great grandchildren. Burial will be at the Clinton City Cemetery in Clinton. Leonard Allyn Morrill was born on Jan. 9, 1931 in Almond Township to Cecil Williams and Agnes Cecilia (Christeson) Morrill. He grew up in rural Clinton and attended country school, transferred to the Clinton school system, and then attended and graduated from the Morris Agriculture School in 1948. before marrying Donald A. Sherman on June 5, 1936. They made their home in Clinton where she and Donald owned the Gambles Hardware Store. After it closed they moved to Brainerdin 1967, where she was a teacher's aide in the Brainerd school system until they retired. She loved their cottage at the lake and hosted many family gatherings and parties there. She was a life-long member of the Methodist Church. She had a lot of pep, loved to cook, celebrate the holidays, and take care of her home. Five words that describe Muriel are Family, Friends, Food, Flowers, and Fun ! Muriel is survived by her son Donald (Bonnie); grandchildren Mara (David) Olden, Sam, and Molly; and great grandchildren Nathan and Ethan Olden. She also leaves behind her sister-in-law Julia Sherman Hill; her nieces Susan (Bruce) Jones, Wendy (Bill) Johnson, and Janet King; her nephews Jerry (Tim) Kaercher, Dale (Patty) Kaercher, Mike (Terra) Kaercher, and Anthony (Sonya) Kaercher; her grandneices and grandnephews, many cousins, and her devoted poodle, Buffy. She was preceded in death byher parents; her husband Donald; her brother John Russell Kaercher; and her sister-in-law Marcia Schmeichel Kaercher. Larson Funeral Home of Ortonville was in charge of arrangements for Muriel Sherman. To send condolences to the family, on-line, visit our website at www.larsonfuneral.com On Oct. 27, 1951 he was joined in marriage to Joan Myrle Wheeler by Pastor Anderson at the Elim Lutheran Church, Clinton. To this union four children were born. Leonard and Joan were blessed to celebrate 60 years of marriage last month. Leonard served in the United States Army from January 1952 to December 1953. During the Korean Conflict he was stationed in Germany. Leonard was a lifelong resident of the Clinton area with the exception of one and a half years in the mid 1950s when he and Joan lived in the Seattle, WA area. Leonard was a devoted farmer and was also very involved in his community, serving on the Clinton Board of Education from 1970-1985 and serving as a board member of Shible Insurance. He was a member of the NFO, the Masonic Lodge, and the American Legion. Leonard was a member of Elim Lutheran Church and later Trinity Lutheran Church. Leonard enjoyed playing cards, working in his shop, sharing coffee, and visiting with anyone he met. He was a people person! He was well known and well liked in and around Clinton. ~His motto was "Strangers are only friends I haven't met yet!" Above all, Leonard was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Family came first! Leonard passed away in his home, surrounded by his family, on Thursday, Nov. 24, 201i. He had reached the age of 80 years. "Every blade in the field-Every leaf in the forest-lays down its life in its season as beautifully as it was taken up." -Henry David Thoreau Blessed to have shared his life are his wife: Joan of Clinton; son: Kent (Kathy) Morrill of Clinton, and their children-Kari (Tracy) Casper, Kayla Morrill, Kristen (Clayton) Brobst, and Kobie Morrill; son: Carl (Audrey) Morrill of Long Prairie, and their children-Adam (Kim) Morrill, Katie (Mitch) Lieser and Jared Morrill; son: Dale (Tracy) of Marshall, and their children-Mara and Morgan Morrill; daughter: Dona (Steve) Milkovich of Woods Cross, UT; great- grandchildren: David and Kevin Casper, and Hudson Lieser; three brothers: Richard (Betty) Morrill of Clinton; Roger (Marlene) Morrill of Woodinville, WA; Donald (Marianne)Morrill of Clinton; and sister, Karen (Harlen) Nelson of Clinton. He was preceded in death by his parents: Cecil and Agnes Morrill; infant brother: Frank Ernest; sister: Sylvia; and infant grandson: Joseph Dale Morrill. Larson Funeral Home of Clinton is in charge of the arrangements for Leonard A. Morrill. To send online condolences, please go to www.larsonfuneral.com. / / / Doris Hoffman / / / The Zahrbock funeral home of Madison, announces the death of 78- year-old Doris, Mrs. Boots Hoffman of Bellingham who passed away on Saturday at the Ortonville Care Center. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Dec. 2, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Rosen. Father Robert P. Goblirsch will officiate. The concluding service will take MCCL thoughts for life By Carol Karels Has anyone considered participating in the March for Life in January? This year the 22nd falls on a Sunday, almost two months away but it is better to start the plans now instead of a week before. rve only been there once and I left there feeling refreshed and hopeful for change. This march sends a message to the legislators that we want the law changed and we hold them responsible to do so. The publicity makes people aware that abortion is wrong and there are alternatives. PEOPLE WHO READ NEWSPAPERS ARE It all starts with Newspapers GoldJn Plump Rotisserie Chicken $7-99 ~| I'TTR i~U~ PEOF~ 2 for $xo.99 * Pepperoni * Sausage * Pep & Sausage * Cheese place in the Church Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m, at the Zahrbock funeral home in Madison. Visitation will continue after 5 p.m. in St. Josephs Church, Rosen. There will be a Public Prayer Service Thursday evening at 7 p.m. in the Church, visitation will continue before Mass Friday morning also in Church. Doris Hoffman is survived by her six children, Keith (Lois) Hoffman of Come in and see our GREAT SELECTION of Used Sleds! l ~ 12. MllbanlL SD 605-432-9111 www.midwestpowersports.net Bellingham, Jeff (Linda) Hoffman of Bellingham, Mark (Brenda) Hoffman of R0sen, Mona (Brad) Nichols of Spicer, Mary Karels of Ortonville, and Julie (Jim) Karels of Bellingham, nine grandchildren and six great- grandchildren. She is also survived by three sisters; Rosanna Linn, Anna Mae Eischens and Barbara Abramowski, two brothers; LeRoy Richard and James Richard. E Meet & Greet Au graph Sess=on with KEITH CURTIS Saturday, Dec. 3 Lunch Served Page 6b INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011