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Health Department partners with Central Lake Public Schools to provide immunizations

CENTRAL LAKE – The Health Department of Northwest Michigan will partner with Central Lake Public Schools to provide an immunization clinic on Tuesday, January 29 from 3:30-8:00pm at Central Lake High School/Middle School, 8190 West State Street, in Central Lake. The clinic will offer flu shots and other immunizations to students and their families, as well as to staff, seniors and the general public.

According to Central Lake Public Schools superintendent Ben Williams, as the community is mourning the loss of Central Lake Elementary student Olivia Hurst, it is also committed to finding ways of protecting the health of all of its children and adults.

“There's a heightened awareness of the importance of preventive care,” Williams said. “We all want to make every effort to protect our children and our families. The Health Department is offering this immunization clinic as an opportunity to make sure everyone in our area is as protected as possible.”

Pat Fralick, the Health Department's Director of Family and Community Health, said the Health Department has secured enough vaccine to cover all who attend the Central Lake immunization clinic, and will ensure everyone is able to receive a flu shot, regardless of their insurance status. Those with insurance are asked to bring their insurance cards so they can receive all immunizations.

“We can provide all necessary immunizations,” Fralick explained. “We can access individuals' immunization records on-site and determine what immunizations they need, so no one has to go through the hassle of looking up their children's medical records or calling doctors' offices. And, for any children or adults who are uninsured, we will make flu shots available at no charge.” Available vaccines will include pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus, varicella (chickenpox), meningitis, influenza, pneumovax, measles, mumps and rubella. Fralick adds that the Health Department has offered several such clinics in recent days and weeks at its locations throughout Northwest Michigan, with varying attendance levels.

“It's important for children, adults and seniors to keep all immunizations up to date, so we hope participation is strong,” she said. “We're grateful to Ben Williams and Central Lake Schools for doing everything they can to keep our kids and families safe.”

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 more information about the Tuesday, January 29th immunization clinic at Central Lake High School/Middle School, contact the Health Department at (800) 432-4121, or Central Lake Public Schools at (231) 544-3341.