It's not too late to get vaccinated

CADILLAC — When you see the signs for flu vaccination that are still posted in pharmacies and other places, you might ask, “Isn’t it a little late for that?

The number of flu cases in Michigan typically peaks in mid-February and can last as long as April or May. “The influenza season is now in full swing,” said Dr. James Wilson, Medical Director of District Health Department No. 10. “Protect yourself and your loved ones by getting vaccinated. It’s not too late.”

Flu vaccine is recommended for everyone age 6 months and older. Getting vaccinated is the most important thing you can do to protect against the flu. “By protecting yourself from the flu, you will not be giving it to children, infants, older people and ill people who are most at risk,” said Dr. Wilson. “You can stay productive at work and at home. You can avoid the medical expenses of the illness. You can help yourself and others from the risk of hospitalization and even, in some cases, death. You don’t want that for anyone.”

Flu vaccine comes in two forms: a shot and a nasal spray. It is given in doctor’s offices, pharmacies, college health centers, health departments and many other locations. So when you see a sign offering flu vaccine, stop in if you haven’t had yours this season.

For more information, go to www.flu.gov or www.michigan.gov/flu. Call your local office of District Health Department No. 10 today for an appointment.

Crawford Co: (989) 348-7800, Kalkaska Co: (231) 258-8669, Lake Co: (231) 745-4663, Manistee Co: (231) 723-3595, Mason Co: (231) 845-7381, Mecosta Co: (231) 592-0130, Missaukee Co: (231) 839-7167, Newaygo Co: (231) 689-7300, Oceana Co: (231) 873-2193, Wexford Co: (231) 775-9942.