Michigan’s Health Centers are highlighting opportunities for community members to receive a flu shot this week and beyond as part of the National Influenza Vaccination Week.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Influenza (the flu) can be a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people may also have vomiting and diarrhea. People may be infected with the flu and have no symptoms at all, or only respiratory symptoms without a fever. Getting the flu shot reduces your risk of illness, hospitalization, or even death and can prevent you from spreading the virus to others, according to the CDC.
Health Centers across the state will offer flu shots at different times throughout the flu season. To find your nearest health center, visit http://bit.ly/11UL8D2.
Health Centers with particular schedules or events include:
Advantage Health Centers:
On December 21, Advantage Health Centers will be offering free flu shots during its annual Homeless Memorial Program. Each year on the Winter Solstice (Dec. 21), Advantage participates in the National Homeless Persons Memorial by paying homage to those who have lost their lives during the past year due to homelessness. The Health Centers distribute outerwear (coats, hats, gloves, scarves, thermal underwear, and socks) and toiletries, and serve a full-course holiday meal to the most vulnerable members of our society – the homeless. The program begins with an ecumenical service at 1:00 pm at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 4800 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI, 48201.
Alcona Health Center:
At the Oscoda and Ossineke sites – Flu shots by appointment Tuesdays and Fridays from 8:30 am to 5 pm
At the Lincoln site – Flu shots by appointment Monday and Thursday from 8:30 am to 5 pm; closed from 12 pm to 1 pm for lunch
At the Alpena site – Flu shots in the Walk-In clinic on Wednesdays 1 pm to 4:40 pm through December 26, 2012
At the Emmet site – Flu shots Walk-In on Wednesdays from 1 pm to 4 pm
Muskegon Family Care:
Muskegon Family Care will have a walk-in flu clinic for patients only beginning through January. The clinic will be open Monday 8 am to 11:40 am; Wednesday 1 pm to 4:40 pm; Friday 8 am to11:40 am. Contact their office with any questions at 231-739-9315.