December 4 to December 10 is National Influenza Vaccination Week. The Shiawassee County Health Department encourages residents to get a flu shot. Flu activity usually peaks between December and February, but can last through May.

The flu vaccine is recommended for all persons over six months, but is 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 lead to hospitalization and even death. Infants, children, elderly, and people with chronic health conditions are more likely to experience complications from the flu. The flu can cause secondary infections, such as pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections, and ear infections.

The Shiawassee County Health Department offers influenza vaccinations during regularly scheduled Wednesday Immunization Clinics. Appointments on other days can be accommodated.

The flu immunization is covered by most health insurances, including Medicare. Residents are reminded to bring their insurance card and state identification to the clinic. The flu vaccine is free to individuals with no insurance.

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

It’s Not Too Late! Get Your Flu Vaccine was last modified: December 13th, 2016 by Karen Elford