Health Department of Northwest Michigan
Get ready to fight!

It's fall - influenza season is just around the corner. Influenza or "flu" is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. During a regular flu season, about 90 percent of deaths occur in people 65 years and older. Flu season in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May.

All types of flu have similar symptoms, including fever, body aches, tiredness, and cough. Although the flu and common cold have similar symptoms, the flu tends to be more severe.

An annual seasonal flu vaccine (either the flu shot or the nasal spray flu vaccine) is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get seasonal flu and spread it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community. Everyone older than 6 months is recommended for flu vaccination with rare exception.

Call the Health Department appointment desk at 1-800-432-4121 to make an appointment to get your flu vaccination today!


2014 HDNW Flu Immunization Clinic Schedule

Resources:
CDC Seasonal Influenza Information [External Link]
Flu.gov [External Link]
Flu Shot VIS [External Link]
CDC's 3 Actions Against the Flu [External Link]

Call us to make sure you are up-to-date on all your vaccinations

Immunization helps prevent dangerous and sometimes deadly diseases, and it's not just for little kids. Teenagers and adults need to keep their vaccinations up-to-date to stay protected against serious illnesses like the flu, hepatitis, measles, and shingles. "Tweens" should be vaccinated against HPV, and teenagers and college-bound students should be immunized against meningitis. Adults need to keep vaccinations current to protect themselves, as well as to prevent spreading diseases to other family members, including those who are too young to be immunized, and immune-compromised or elderly family members. Check out our Immunizations page to check recommended immunization schedules for all ages. Call 1-800-432-4121 to make an appointment.

Links of Interest:
Parents' Guide to Childhood Immunizations (32 MB) [External Link]
Parent's Guide to Teen and Pre-Teen HPV Vaccination [External Link]
Vaccinations for Adults [External Link]

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