"We have plenty of vaccine," said Pat Fralick, Director of Family & Community Health Services for the Health Department. "There's no need for people to line up early to be sure to get their shots. In fact, we're finding that the only people who are waiting long at all at our vaccination clinics are those who arrive early."
Fralick said that over the last six weeks, the Health Department has given over 10,000 doses of H1N1 vaccine in Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties and distributed over 7,500 doses to hospitals and doctors' offices.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends both seasonal flu and H1N1 vaccinations for nearly everyone six months old and over. The only people who should not get the vaccines are those allergic to eggs, or those who've had Gulliane Barr Syndrome or a reaction to a flu shot in the past.
Flu vaccination appointments are also available at the Health Department's offices in Bellaire, Mancelona, Charlevoix, Petoskey/Harbor Springs, and Gaylord by calling 800-432-4121 during regular business hours.
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 www.nwhealth.org or call the Health Department at 800-432-4121.