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!
CDC Seasonal Influenza Information
Flu Shot VIS
CDC's 3 Actions Against the Flu
Call us to make sure you are up-to-date on all your vaccinations
Links of Interest:
Parents' Guide to Childhood Immunizations (32 MB)
Parent's Guide to Teen and Pre-Teen HPV Vaccination
Vaccinations for Adults
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NPR Interview with Dr. Meyerson 9/09/14
Petoskey News Review Article 9/09/14
Enterovirus D68 Fact Sheet
CDC Fact Sheet
CDC Questions and Answers
2013 Annual Report to the Community
MDCH "Eat Safe Fish" Guide
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- Alpena - November 6, 2014
- Cheboygan - December 11, 2014
Tick Identification and Testing in Michigan
Great Lakes Mercury Collection Program
Wickes TCE Plume and ACUTE
Milton Township Time Of Transfer (TOT) 2013 Annual Report
PATH Workshops brochure
NEW! Upcoming PATH Workshops in our area
What is PATH?
Ages and Stages Questionnaire
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