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Health Department of Northwest Michigan
serving Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego Counties
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National Influenza Vaccination Week is December 5-11, 2010
Flu season is underway and will last through spring
Flu vaccine appointments available at Health Department offices

(December 3, 2010) The flu comes every year and, according to the U.S. Centers of Disease Control (CDC), flu season has started. Public health officials say if you haven't received flu vaccine yet, plan to get a shot or nasal mist soon.

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan has flu clinics planned during the week of December 6, National Influenza Vaccination Week, by appointment:

The cost for flu vaccine is $15; Medicare and Medicaid accepted. Tdap, the vaccine that protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, and pneumonia vaccine are available at no additional charge. To schedule an appointment, call 800-432-4121 during regular business hours.

"It's certainly not too late to get vaccinated against the flu," said Joshua Meyerson, MD, Medical Director for the Health Department of Northwest Michigan. "Flu activity typically peaks in late February and can last through the spring."

December 5-11, 2010 is National Influenza Vaccination Week, a national observance established by the CDC to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination, as well as fostering greater use of flu vaccine after the holiday season into January and beyond.

"Getting vaccinated is the single best way for people to protect not only themselves against flu, but their loved ones as well," Meyerson said.

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is mandated by the Michigan Public Health Code to promote wellness, prevent disease, provide quality healthcare, address health problems of vulnerable populations, and protect the environment for the residents and visitors of Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties. For additional information, visit or