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Flu Activity Remains High: Get Vaccinated

Flu continues to circulate at high levels in Washtenaw County. Flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months and older.

“A lot of people say ‘it’s just the flu,’” says Christina Zilke, immunization coordinator at Washtenaw County Health Department. “However, influenza is a serious respiratory illness. Nationally, it causes more hospitalizations and deaths than all other vaccine preventable diseases combined. In Washtenaw County, we had almost 300 flu-related hospitalizations last flu season.”

See our flu activity page for ongoing information and surveillance on this year’s flu season and data from previous years.

The best thing you can do to protect yourself and your community from the flu is get vaccinated. Vaccination can protect against hospitalization and death due to flu, as well as reduce the spread of illness in our community. 

Aside from vaccination, it is also vital to stay home if you are sick, cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough, wash your hands often using soap and warm water, and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.

Where to Get Vaccinated

Get vaccinated

There is still time for everyone six months and older to get vaccinated against seasonal flu (influenza). Flu vaccine is widely available at area medical offices, pharmacies and community events. See http://flushot.healthmap.org/ for local options. Most people with insurance can get flu shots at their doctors’ offices or pharmacies for free (no additional cost). 

Washtenaw County Health Department offers vaccines to children and adults regardless of insurance status or income. Cost for the flu shot is $30 for children and $40 for adults. Call 734-544-6700 to schedule an appointment. More information is available on our flu vaccine web page.

The nasal flu vaccine is not recommended this year, so all vaccine should be administered in a shot.

About Flu

Symptoms of the flu include: coughing, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, sore throat, headache, fatigue, fever and/or chills. The flu can affect anyone, but older adults, children and individuals with chronic health conditions are at greater risk for severe complications from flu.

Flu is a contagious illness that can be spread person to person through droplets when an infected person sneezes, coughs or talks. 

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