(February 14, 2012) It's not too late to get a flu shot, say public health officials. They encourage nearly everyone who has not yet been vaccinated against seasonal flu to schedule an appointment with their physician or health department.
Local laboratories are noting an increase in flu cases. Flu activity may peak as late in the season as March, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) & Prevention.
“Just about everyone should receive an annual flu shot,” said Joshua Meyerson, Medical Director for the Health Department of Northwest Michigan. “Flu can be a serious illness, especially for people age 50 and over and those who have chronic diseases like asthma, diabetes, or heart disease.”
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) & Prevention, an annual flu shot is recommended for:
The flu shot does not contain live viruses, so it cannot "give" you the flu. People who develop flu symptoms after receiving the vaccine likely became infected from someone else with the flu, either before or they developed symptoms.
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.
To schedule a flu shot at Health Department offices in Mancelona, Charlevoix, Petoskey/Harbor Springs, or Gaylord, call 800-432-4121. For additional information about seasonal flu, contact your health care provider or visit www.michigan.gov/flu.