"So far, we've given over 17,000 doses of H1N1 vaccine but there are still a lot of people who have not received their vaccination yet," said Pat Fralick, Director of Family & Community Health for the Health Department of Northwest Michigan. "We want people to know it is not too late to get their shot. There is plenty of vaccine now and the vaccination is open to all age groups."
H1N1 vaccinations from the Health Department are free.
"We've received grant funding from the Michigan Department of Community Health to improve the H1N1 vaccination rate in our four-county Health District," she said. Public health nurses are bringing H1N1 vaccine to hard-to-reach populations like people who live in group homes, assisted care facilities, and long-term care facilities, as well as workplaces with at least 50 employees. "We've planned over 50 clinics in Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties for February and March," Fralick said.
Several H1N1 vaccination clinics, open to the public, are scheduled for the week of February 22:
Appointments are also available at Health Department offices in 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 800-432-4121.