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MI residents are encouraged to get vaccinated now to protect themselves before flu activity increases. Maxwell urges getting the flu shot and says it decreases your chances of getting the flu by a significant percentage.

Pamela Hardy will be getting her 11-year-old twins vaccinated against flu as soon as an immunization program begins but she's anxious about how public health officials will deal with any overcrowding at clinics to reduce transmission of COVID-19.

According to the CDC's website, the flu vaccine prevents thousands of flu-related hospitalizations every year.

"Getting a flu vaccination is important, regardless of what is going on with COVID", Bowen said. With COVID-19 cases still rising, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services emphasizes the importance of vaccines in our daily lives.

The vaccine offered by GVSU is the quadrivalent flu vaccine.

According to the release, "Facing the Flu Together" will reach audiences across MI via TV, social and digital media, podcasts, print and radio advertising.

"This fall, jurisdictions should consider a wide range of strategies to deliver influenza vaccine, with the goal of reducing crowding while maintaining or increasing vaccine uptake", the committee says in its guidelines.

"We absolutely will be pushing for vaccination to keep our population as healthy and strong as we can", she said.

During the coronavirus pandemic, health care providers are gearing up for a potential community epidemic - influenza - and recommend getting vaccinated now against the flu.

Reynolds added that people should get vaccinated before the end of October if possible.

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Flu season typically begins in the fall and runs through the spring, but hits hardest in December through February, according to Shaull-Norman.

"If people can get acclimated early on, that would be great. We're going to target the more vulnerable populations the most, but anybody six months and older should get vaccinated for the flu".

During the 2018-2019 flu season the vaccine coverage in Canada was rated at 70 per cent for seniors.

During that same season in the US, the Centres for Disease Control stated that the vaccine prevented millions of cases, and thousands of hospitalizations, as well as more than 3,500 deaths. "But flu is a preventable disease, where COVID is not". Below, we pulled together a list of seven places where you can get your flu vaccine.

"It's for your own protection but it's also for our community because we need to tell the difference between influenza and COVID and right now it's easy, we don't have a lot of influenza". We'll be hosting clinics very soon.

"The state is also providing flu vaccines for those uninsured or under-insured this year". So far, doctors say it looks like this season will be a pretty typical flu season as far as how the virus is spreading already.

"Both influenza and COVID-19 can cause serious illness and have similar symptoms", Morse said. "It first goes out to the commercial pharmacist and health care providers". This is why we want to get people vaccinated.

"Flu vaccines are safe, effective and have been around for a long time". If you have any questions about safety or effectiveness, reach out to us at the Health Department.

The MDHHS recommends that Michiganders contact their local health departments, physicians and pharmacies to schedule a time to get the flu shot as the flu vaccine becomes available.

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