Community Health Agency urges getting flu shots

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is encouraging all tri-county residents to protect themselves by getting flu shots as soon as possible.

Rebecca Burns, health officer for the Coldwater-based agency, said the early availability of the vaccine makes it easy to protect people and their family members through the 2019-20 flu season.

Yvonne Atwood, director of personal health and disease prevention, added that the agency is encouraging everyone over the age of 6 months to get the flu shot, especially pregnant women and the elderly.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said a child 18 years or younger, uninsured and lacks immunization coverage as part of their health insurance policy – or are covered by Healthy Michigan – may be eligible to receive their shot free of charge through the Vaccines For Children Program.

For additional information and to learn about what the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency has to offer, its website address is

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