Flu Shot: Where To Get The Vaccine In Michigan

Public Health Solutions offers tips on flu vaccines

Health Officials Say Now is The Time to Get Your Flu Shot

"The best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu is to get vaccinated". A reason why many parents are taking advantage of the vaccination clinic the health department has at provided at area schools. As always, vaccinations are free for staff, faculty and retirees (don't forget to bring your Cornell ID card).

The best way to stay out of such statistics, the CDC says, is for everyone who is eligible and at least 6 months old to get a flu shot as soon as the vaccine becomes available.

Aigner said scientists monitor predominant flu strains each year to modify the vaccine.

There are numerous misconceptions and myths about seasonal flu and flu vaccines that prevent individuals from getting their flu shot.

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The CDC further reports that the effectiveness of the flu vaccine can change from year to year, because the virus can be hard to predict. TIME also notes that making effective flu vaccines can be more difficult than consumers sometimes realize. There is no charge for those enrolled in a Cornell health insurance plan.

The CDC said it is not possible to predict how severe the flu season with the timing and length of it varying every season but flu activity in the USA begins to increase in October and November, peaking between December and February and lasting as late as May.

"Among health adults, influenza vaccine can provide up to 90 per cent protection". You're much more likely to experience a bad reaction to the flu than you are to react negatively to the vaccine.

Though you may still get some side effects: runny nose, a sore throat or a cough those symptoms are limited and not the actual flu.

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"It's important to know that even if the vaccine doesn't closely match the viruses circulating, it still helps protect people", Reed said.

According to the CDC, African Americans and Hispanics/Latinos are disparate populations that experience disproportionately higher rates of chronic health conditions, such as asthma, diabetes and heart diseases, as well as extreme obesity which are all conditions that place them at higher risk for severe influenza complications. Health department appointments are not yet available, but the McHenry County Department of Health will offer flu shots on a limited appointment basis beginning in October.

For more information on the clinics, call the Iroquois County Public Health Department at 815-432-2483.

Fall officially begins Saturday, September 22, meaning flu season is just around the corner.

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➜ 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, at the health department office in Watseka.

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