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Fighting the Flu at The Crossing at Brookwood

“Fighting the Flu at The Crossings at Brookwood”

Our Annual Fall Flu Shot Clinic was a BIG Success!  Residents rolled up their sleeves and got the flu shot.  Nurses from Homeland Health Specialists came to administer the vaccinations. 

Thinking about getting a flu shot?  Here are the top 10 reasons to get a flu shot this year:

1.  A flu shot can save your life.

The flu can cause some serious complications that sometimes require hospitalization, such as dehydration, worsening of chronic illnesses, bacterial pneumoniaear infections and sinus infections.  It’s estimated that approximately 200,000 people are hospitalized each year because of the flu; and the CDC estimates 80,000 people die from the flu each year.

2. Getting a flu shot can reduce your sick days.

Whether you are hospitalized or take time off to recuperate at home, it’s going to cost you and your employer. The flu accounts for an estimated 111 million lost workdays and nearly 

$7 billion in lost productivity and sick days annually. 

3. Most people are eligible to get the flu shot.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has made it easy for anyone over six months of age to get a flu shot. 

4. There is a needle-free flu vaccine.

Afraid of needles? No problem!  A needless flu vaccine is available in the form of a nasal spray that can be given to people between the ages of 2 and 49 who are healthy, not pregnant and don’t have asthma.

5. There is a flu shot for older adults.

There’s the regular flu shot that’s given to people over the age of six months, as well as a version suitable for people 65 and over (senior dose quadrivalent) which gives them even better protection against the flu.

6. You won't get the flu from the flu shot.

A common misconception is that you can contract the flu from a flu vaccine, but that is not possible because the shot uses a deadened form of the virus.

7. The flu shot changes each year. 

Before each flu season, the CDC determines which strains of influenza appear to most likely to occur that year. The vaccine will still reduce your chances of contracting certain strains of the virus and if you do get sick, having the vaccine can significantly reduce the severity of your symptoms.

8. Flu shot side effects are usually mild.

There are a few possible side effects from the vaccine, such as headache, stuffy nose or sore throat. While many people experience no side effects, if you do, they should only last for a day or so. Considering that the flu itself typically lasts for one to two weeks and the symptoms can be severe, the flu shot is a better alternative.

9. The sooner you get the flu shot, the better.

Flu season usually starts sometime in October and can last until May, so it is important to get vaccinated early. Because it’s so variable, the CDC now recommends that when you’re able to find a flu shot, to go ahead and get the flu shot at that time.  It takes about two weeks for your body’s immune system to create the necessary antibodies to fight off the flu so you’re protected against getting sick.

10. The flu shot helps with herd immunity.

There’s a concept called herd immunity that refers to populations getting immunizations.  If everyone were to get immunized, then we can’t spread the virus elsewhere; meaning we’re all protected from it.  However, the flu virus spreads easily.  You can contract it when an infected person coughs, talks or sneezes and droplets get in your nose or mouth. You can also get the flu by touching something that has the virus germs on it, then touching your eyes, nose or mouth making it easy to give to other people.  The bottom line is to get your flu shot. It’s so important not only for your own protection, but to keep those around you protected.  It’s not too late to get a flu shot. Flu shots are available at your physician’s office and most drug store pharmacies. 

Happening in September/October Please call 763-561-7405 or email to sign up TODAY for any of the following events.

  • Chat & Chowder Lunch & Tour!  Tuesday, October 5th at 12 noon. 
  • Monthly Birthday Party!  Tuesday, October 26th at 2 pm.
  • AAA Road Wise 4-hour Driving Class! Thursday, October 26th from 9 am to 1 pm.

Note:  All events are held in the community room of the 6201 building.  Tours are available at each of our special events! 

Enjoy the Lang Nelson Lifestyle of “Easy Living!”  Choose from 12-different floor plans! ALL NEW APPLIANCES, RENOVATD 2019/2020, Corian countertops, in-home washers and dryers, central air conditioning, dishwasher, garbage disposal, individual storage and heated underground parking with a car wash bay.  Our apartment homes feature 3-season porches!  Lots of space and storage!   Located in a quiet residential setting on a cul-de-sac!  Beautiful grounds and great landscaping! 

At The Crossings at Brookwood, you will find a multiple award-winning, senior-living community for 55+ active adults.  You’ll meet good neighbors who become friends, participate in a variety of social activities, enjoy complimentary transportation to shopping and outings.   We also have on-site beauty salon, elegant community rooms, fitness center, library, computer lab, a beautiful guest suite, elevators and so much more!  The walking paths allow you to enjoy our nature-type setting, relax on the outdoor patio, listen to the waterfall or grill up a nice meal. 

Come see why The Crossings at Brookwood is the best kept secret in Brooklyn Center and has been awarded the #1 Best 55+ Property in Minnesota!  Call TODAY … your new home awaits!

To learn more about The Crossings at Brookwood and other activities and events we have coming up, please call Diane at 763-561-7405 go to:

For more information about Homeland Health Specialists go to:

Come Tour TODAY and see why we have been awarded

  • 2003 MADACS Award Winner for Senior Property Excellence
  • 2015 MADACS Award Winner for Senior Property Excellence
  • Best 55+ Housing Sun Post Readers Choice Award Winner 2011, 2014, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • 2020 MADACS Award nomination for The Most Outstanding Charitable Event - Toys for Tots
  • 2020 MADACS Award Winner for Senior Property Excellence

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6201 N. Lilac Drive, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430