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Due to high demand, appointments strongly encouraged for Health Department flu shot clinics

JANUARY 14 – Due to the tremendous public interest in obtaining flu shots during the Health Department of Northwest Michigan's upcoming immunization clinics, Health Department officials strongly recommend that those wanting to receive flu shots and other vaccines should schedule their appointments in advance.

Pat Fralick, Director of Family and Community Health, said it is much easier for Health Department staff to provide excellent client service when they have some idea of how many people will be coming in, and when.

“It's important to let us know if you and any family members are planning to come to one of our flu shot clinics,” Fralick explained. “We dispatch nursing staff, vaccines and other resources based on how many people we think we will need to serve on that day, in that location. When appointments are scheduled in advance, there's less waiting, and less risk of being turned away if we run short on time or supplies.”

Cost for flu vaccination is $25. Medicaid and Medicare are accepted, as well as private insurance, or clients may pay by cash or check. Call the Health Department at (800) 432-4121 to schedule an appointment. You can also visit or for details on flu clinics.

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.