Flu vaccine available at Macomb County Health Centers

Experts agree the best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated

Published On: Jan 25 2013 10:43:28 AM EST   Updated On: Jan 25 2013 10:47:47 AM EST

Influenza is now widespread in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  This is an early season, with more influenza activity being reported at this time than has been seen during recent flu seasons.  Experts agree the best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year. 

William Ridella, health officer/director of the Macomb County Health Department is asking everyone to get vaccinated.
"Vaccine is available at our three Health Centers and we encourage everyone who has not yet been vaccinated to do so as soon as possible," he said.
Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Getting vaccinated will lessen chances of getting the seasonal flu and also lessen the chance of spreading it to others. The vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older. Immunizations can reduce the severity of the illness and prevent pneumonia and other life-threatening results of flu.
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Residents can obtain flu vaccine at the following clinic locations:

A parent or guardian must be available to sign clinic health forms for each child. (Bring an adult translator if unable to speak or read English.) Also, bring immunization records and/or insurance cards for all persons being immunized.

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There are charges for administration of vaccines -- cash or check only. Medicaid/Medicare will be billed for approved vaccines.

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