Health Department of Northwest Michigan
Get ready to fight!

It's fall - influenza season is just around the corner. Influenza or "flu" is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. During a regular flu season, about 90 percent of deaths occur in people 65 years and older. Flu season in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May.

All types of flu have similar symptoms, including fever, body aches, tiredness, and cough. Although the flu and common cold have similar symptoms, the flu tends to be more severe.

An annual seasonal flu vaccine (either the flu shot or the nasal spray flu vaccine) is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get seasonal flu and spread it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community. Everyone older than 6 months is recommended for flu vaccination with rare exception.

Call the Health Department appointment desk at 1-800-432-4121 to make an appointment to get your flu vaccination today!


2014 HDNW Flu Immunization Clinic Schedule

Resources:
CDC Seasonal Influenza Information [External Link]
Flu.gov [External Link]
Flu Shot VIS [External Link]
CDC's 3 Actions Against the Flu [External Link]

Call us to make sure you are up-to-date on all your vaccinations

Immunization helps prevent dangerous and sometimes deadly diseases, and it's not just for little kids. Teenagers and adults need to keep their vaccinations up-to-date to stay protected against serious illnesses like the flu, hepatitis, measles, and shingles. "Tweens" should be vaccinated against HPV, and teenagers and college-bound students should be immunized against meningitis. Adults need to keep vaccinations current to protect themselves, as well as to prevent spreading diseases to other family members, including those who are too young to be immunized, and immune-compromised or elderly family members. Check out our Immunizations page to check recommended immunization schedules for all ages. Call 1-800-432-4121 to make an appointment.

Links of Interest:
Parents' Guide to Childhood Immunizations (32 MB) [External Link]
Parent's Guide to Teen and Pre-Teen HPV Vaccination [External Link]
Vaccinations for Adults [External Link]

Do you have questions about the Healthy Michigan Plan or the Health Insurance Marketplace?

Wondering where you fit in--where you can find affordable or free coverage based on your income?

Healthy Michigan Plan

Michigan's Healthy Michigan Plan is now available for hard working residents ages 19-64. See if you qualify at www.healthymichiganplan.org or call 855-789-5610.


Health Insurance Marketplace

Open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace begins again on November 15. Visit Healthcare.gov or call 1-800-432-4121 for more information and/or help applying for coverage.



NEW! Find help with enrolling in the Healthy Michigan Plan near you! Download the Updated Michigan Enrollment Site List

New program for those struggling to pay Employer-provided insurance premiums!


If you cannot afford the premiums for yourself and/or your dependents through your employer's insurance plan, you may qualify for special financial assistance from the Northern Health Plan. More information is available here.To see if you qualify, contact Nichole Cyr at the Health Department of Northwest Michigan, (800) 432-4121.


Hot Topics

NEW! Agenda for Board of Health Meeting, Nov. 4, 2014

Entovirus D68:
NPR Interview with Dr. Meyerson 9/09/14 [External Link]
Petoskey News Review Article 9/09/14 [External Link]
Enterovirus D68 Fact Sheet [PDF File]

EBOLA:
CDC Fact Sheet [PDF File]
CDC - What You Need to Know About Ebola [External Link]
CDC Questions and Answers [PDF File]
MDCH Ebola website [External Link]
9 & 10 News interview with local health professionals 10/01/14 [External Link]

Fish Consumption Safety:
Michigan Fish Advisory [External Link]
NEW! New MDCH "Eat Safe Fish" Brochure [External Link]
NEW! New MDCH "Buy Safe Fish" Guide [External Link]
HDNW Fish Advisory Chart [PDF File]
Safe Fish - Northwest Area Guide [External Link]
Hooked on Fish - Recipes from the Great Lake State [External Link]

Upcoming ServSafe Classes: Great Lakes Mercury Collection Program [External Link]
Wickes TCE Plume and ACUTE [External Link]
Milton Township Time Of Transfer (TOT) 2013 Annual Report [PDF File]
PATH Workshops brochure [PDF File]
NEW! Upcoming PATH Workshops in our area [PDF File]
What is PATH? [External Link]
Ages and Stages Questionnaire
Certified Food Manager - Find a ServSafe Class [External Link]

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