Flu shots now available locally in metro Detroit

Health officials urge vaccine for everyone 6 months and older

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METRO DETROIT – Flu shots have arrived at many pharmacies, doctors' offices and local health departments.

The Macomb County Health Department began administering flu vaccine today at its Mount Clemens, Warren and St. Clair Shores health centers. For details on the Macomb Co. flu shots, click here.

The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older.

"Encourage your loved ones to get vaccinated to protect themselves, their families and our community," said William Ridella, director of Macomb County Health Department. "A flu vaccine is our best defense against getting the flu."

Flu activity typically occurs between October and May, but five cases of influenza have already been confirmed this year at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor and St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac.

The Oakland County Health Department previously announced plans to begin flu shot clinics on Tuesday, October 6, at both Oakland County Health Division locations in Pontiac and Southfield. For details, click here.

The Wayne County Health Department says flu shots are available now at the Wayne Clinic during clinic hours -- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm and Wednesday 11:00 am to 7:30 pm. An appointment is recommended. For more information, click here.

Several retail pharmacies also offer flu shots. To find a location near you, visit the Flu Vaccine Finder at www.flu.gov. Be sure to call first to make sure vaccine is available and to find out about any age restrictions.