Michiganders will be hearing a lot about the importance of receiving a flu shot this year. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, along with the Governor’s office, are trying to get ahead of the season with a vaccine campaign. The Facing the Flu Together campaign will kick of on August 31st and reach Michiganders through several media channels.
The state has set a goal of achieving a 33% increase in flu vaccination this season which would be more than a 1 million person increase over last year.
The vaccine is already available in some parts of Michigan, and the supply should increase across the state and nation in early fall.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer received her flu vaccine during a press conference on Tuesday and said, “It’s more important than ever for Michiganders everywhere to get [their] flu vaccine. Preventing the flu will help us save lives and preserve the health care resources we need to continue fighting COVID-19. Every flu-related hospitalization we see this season will put an additional strain on Michigan’s economy and our health care systems and hospitals.”
As the flu vaccine becomes available, Michiganders should contact their local health departments, doctors, and pharmacies for more information.
Reporting for WGRT – Jessie Wiegand