Get your flu shot!

The flu season is well underway in Michigan, and State Department of Community Health officials are urging residents to get vaccinated, before the end of the year. Jennifer Smith, of the Michigan Department of Community Health, says influenza activity normally peaks between January and April in Michigan, which is why those six-months-of age and older need to be vaccinated now since it takes about two weeks to produce an immunity. Smith says influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death – especially for infants and the elderly.  During the 2013-2014 flu season there were three influenza-associated pediatric deaths in Michigan.  Flu shots are available at your doctor’s office, many drug stores and grocery stores.  (MRN)

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