The CDC is reporting that flu activity is greatly increasing around the country. The organization is reporting that most of the activity is being caused by influenza B/Victoria viruses, which is unusual for this time of year. This has prompted the St. Clair County Health Department to again recommend and remind residents to get their flu vaccination.
Michigan has already reached regional levels of reported flu activity. Anyone six months of age and older is eligible for the vaccine every year. Antibodies can take two weeks to
develop and provide protection against the flu. Dr. Annette Mercatante, Medical Health Officer says that, “Contrary to comments often heard, it is impossible to get influenza from the flu vaccine.” Mercatante says, “The vaccine is the best way of protecting yourself and those around you from the flu.”
The Health Department reports it has a variety of flu vaccines to meet everyone’s needs (while supplies last). Most insurance is accepted and flu vaccines are typically a covered benefit. For those uninsured or underinsured, cost will vary based on income eligibility and family size. Vaccines are available Mondays through Friday with varying hours and locations of availability. Contact the health department for more information.
Reporting for WGRT, Karly Hurley.