Fight the Flu Before It Starts

Getting a flu shot before flu season begins is the best way to protect against the flu. Learn more and find the nearest flu shot location, close to where you live in northern Michigan. 

The Flu 101

The flu is spread throughout our northern Michigan community from person-to-person contact via droplets made when a person with flu coughs, sneezes or talks. These droplets can land in another person’s mouth or nose, be inhaled into the lungs, or transferred to the mouth or nose after touching a surface where these droplets have landed.  

Symptoms may include:

  • Fever and/or chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle and/or body aches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year.

People at Higher Risk for Serious Flu-Related Illnesses

There are people in our community who are at a higher risk* to develop serious complications as a result of flu. These complications can lead to Pneumonia, bronchitis, ear infections, and sinus infections that can result in hospitalization or even death. People most at risk include:

  • Children under five years old, but especially under 2 years of age
  • Adults 65 years or older
  • Pregnant women (and up to two weeks postpartum)
  • Residents of nursing homes or long-term care facilities
  • People who have been diagnosed with Asthma, chronic lung diseases like COPD and Cystic Fibrosis, heart disease, certain blood, kidney, liver, endocrine or liver disorders and those with a weakened immune system due conditions like HIV/AIDS and cancer.

The Best Time to Get Your Flu Shot

Adults and children older than six months should get a flu shot by October 31, 2018, according to the CDC. Why is that?

The flu shot works by causing a type of protein – called antibodies –  to develop in your body and fight off specific flu viruses. It takes approximately two weeks after your flu shot for these antibodies to form. Therefore, getting your flu shot by the end of October allows these antibodies to fully develop before flu season starts to peak.

Where to Get Your Flu Shot in northern Michigan

Finding the flu vaccine is easy. Talk with your doctor or use our online guide to find a northern Michigan flu shot location close to you.

More Tips for Avoiding the Flu

  • Protect yourself, your family, and your community by getting an annual flu shot
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for up to 20 seconds or sterilize your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid sharing utensils, dishes, linens, etc. with people who are sick
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
 

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