Here’s your go-to guide for Michigan for flu vaccines this season.
LANSING, MI — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer held a press conference last week to encourage all Michiganders to get their flu vaccine in anticipation of the upcoming flu season, saying the common vaccinations are “more important than ever.”
“Preventing the flu will help us save lives and preserve the health care resources we need to continue fighting COVID-19,” Whitmer said. “Every flu-related hospitalization we see this season will put an additional strain on Michigan’s economy and our healthcare systems and hospitals.”
MDHHS Chief Deputy for Health Dr. Joneigh Khaldun said the focus remains on the coronavirus pandemic, but that her department is aware that the flu will circulate through the population at the same time this season. Anyone with symptoms is urged to stay home from school or work.
“But unlike COVID-19, there is a vaccine for the flu,” she said during a daily press conference. “Part of fighting COVID-19 means getting your flu vaccine this year.”
Whitmer received her flu vaccine live during her press conference, but here are the three easiest options for Michiganders to get vaccinated.
1. Primary care physician
If you have a regular doctor, they’re your first defense against the flu. Call your doctor’s office and ask if they’re seeing patients in the office. If so, ask to schedule an appointment for your flu vaccine!
2. Local pharmacies
Several independent and chain pharmacies offer low-cost flu vaccinations. This is usually offered as a walk-in service, but call ahead to inquire due to coronavirus precautions.
3. Health department
Your local health department likely administers flu vaccinations. Click this link for your county’s contact information to schedule your appointment.
“Our hospitals are still reeling from the spring COVID-19 hospitalizations and are working to prepare for a potential second wave of the virus,” Gov. Whitmer said. “I encourage everyone to get their flu vaccine, and tell your friends and family to do the same.”