TROY (WWJ) – The Oakland County Health Division is offering the flu vaccine for $20 at community clinics throughout the county this month.
Health Division Manager/Health Officer Kathy Forzley said that anyone who gets the vaccine will reduce the likelihood of getting the flu.
“The flu typically takes the lives of 36,000 Americans a year. Getting an annual flu shot not only lessens the chance of getting the flu, but also helps decrease the severity of the illness and complications,” Forzley said.
At a clinic Tuesday in Troy, Forzely told WWJ’s Pat Sweeting it’s recommended that everyone over 6 months old get a shot.
County Executive L. Brooks Patterson encourages residents to attend one of the clinics.
“I urge everyone to take the necessary precautions to stay healthy and, if they are able, get a flu shot as soon as possible,” Paterson said, in a media release. “Our health division is offering a flu vaccine which guards against four of the most common flu viruses.”
Residents can pre-register now at this link for the community outreach clinics that will be held at the following locations:
• Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois, Troy
Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
• Clarkston High School, 6093 Flemings Lake Road, Clarkston
Wednesday, Oct. 9 from 3 – 7 p.m.
• Walled Lake Community Education, 615 N. Pontiac Trail, Walled Lake
Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 3 – 7 p.m.
Online registrants will print out a consent form that they must bring to the clinic where they are pre-enrolled. Online payment options include Visa, MasterCard, Medicare, and/or Medicaid. Credit card fees apply. One may also pay cash at the time of the appointment. Those who are unable to register online may call 248-858-7350 or 248-424-7120.
Walk-in clients are welcome. Their payment options include cash, Visa, MasterCard, Medicare, and/or Medicaid (no checks or money orders). Credit card fees apply.
Residents can also receive flu shots at OCHD offices in Pontiac and Southfield from Noon – 8 p.m. Mondays and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. The Health Division offices are located at the following addresses:
• North Oakland Health Center, 1200 N. Telegraph Road, Building 34 East, Pontiac
• South Oakland Health Center, 27725 Greenfield Road, Southfield.
For up-to-date information, visit www.oakgov.com/health, follow OCHD on Facebook and Twitter @publichealthOC, or call the Health Division’s Flu Shot Hotline at 800-434-3358. Nurse on Call is also available to answer questions at 800-848-5533.