Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control issued a health advisory regarding recent reports of severe influenza illness. There is still time to protect against influenza. Getting vaccinated is the single best way to prevent the flu. Flu activity usually peaks between December and February, but can last through May.

Influenza vaccination is recommended for all persons over six months, but are also important for young children six months to five years old, seniors, people with chronic medical conditions, pregnant women, people living or caring for those at high risk for complications from influenza, and health care workers.

Complications from influenza can include hospitalization and even death. People with chronic health conditions are more likely to experience complications from the flu, and worsening of their condition. The flu can cause secondary infections, such as pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus and ear infections.

The Shiawassee County Health Department offers influenza vaccinations during regularly scheduled Immunization Clinics. Clinics are held on Wednesdays with morning and afternoon appointments available. Walk-ins can be accommodated, but please call for availability.

The flu immunization is covered by most health insurances, including Medicare. Out of pocket costs are $30 for injections, and $37 for Flumist. Residents are reminded to bring their insurance card and state identification to the clinic.

For more information on the flu vaccine or Immunization Clinics, please call (989) 743-2356.

Flu Immunization Information was last modified: February 10th, 2016 by Karen Elford