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It’s not too late to get a flu shot

Public Health, Delta & Menominee counties (PHDM) is reminding residents to get their flu vaccine as soon as possible to protect themselves and their community from flu especially while continuing to battle COVID-19.

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness causes by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs. People at higher risk of developing serious complications, including those with certain chronic health conditions like asthma, COPD, heart disease and diabetes, should get a flu vaccine as soon as possible. Getting the flu vaccine reduces the risk of serious flu complications, including hospitalization and death.  

Flu, in our region, most commonly peaks in February and significant activity can continue into May, so there is still time to get vaccinated if you haven’t already. Everyone aged 6 months and older is recommended to receive the flu vaccine, not only to protect themselves, but to protect their friends, family and neighbors. Getting the vaccine protects the vulnerable contacts around us, including the elderly, babies, and young children. We know these vaccines are safe and effective at preventing the flu. 

Increased influenza cases have been reported to Public Health in recent weeks. Influenza vaccination coverage is still low and there is still time this season to benefit from getting an annual influenza vaccine.

According to Nicole Pirlot, Infection Preventionist, OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group, “We are seeing an increase in flu activity over the past few weeks. Most cases are influenza A, we have also seen cases of patients infected with both COVID-19 and influenza.”

Flu vaccines are widely available now at Public Health and various area medical offices and pharmacies. Flu shots are an essential health benefit under the Affordable Care Act and are covered with no out-of-pocket costs by most health plans. To make getting a flu vaccine very convenient, Public Health is willing to hold flu clinics at various locations in the community, including work sites, upon request. Call 906-786-4111 (Delta) or 906-863-4451 (Menominee) to schedule an appointment.

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