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Public health nurse Allison Duffield-Harper checks on doses of the influenza vaccine Friday at the Berrien County Health Department. Health officials are encouraging everyone to get their flu vaccination as the world waits for a COVID-19 vaccine.

Area health officials reiterated this week the importance of getting a flu shot this season to reduce the amount of respiratory illness circulating during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Residents of Berrien, Cass and Van Buren counties have many opportunities to receive a flu shot with various drive-thru clinics scheduled.

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A flu shot is administered at the Stevensville Southwestern Medical Clinic.

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