DETROIT (WWJ) – DHWP reminds residents of the City of Detroit that flu activity continues to be widespread throughout the State and is urging residents to protect themselves and their loved ones against the flu. The best protection against it is to get the flu shot.
Every flu season is different and it can last through the spring so DHWP reminds residents that it is not too late to get the shot. “The flu shot is the only sure way to get protection against the circulating flu viruses during the flu season,” said Vernice Anthony, Health Officer, City of Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion (DHWP).
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) continues to recommend that unvaccinated people get vaccinated. While some of the viruses spreading this season are different from those in the vaccine, vaccination can still provide protection and might reduce severe outcomes such as hospitalization and death.
Flu can be serious, and complications are usually more common in young children, older adults, pregnant women, and people with chronic health conditions, especially, during seasons when influenza A (H3N2) is the predominant circulating virus, like this season. Typically with A(H3N2) higher morbidity and mortality are seen, therefore DHWP urges everyone 6 months and older to protect themselves against the flu by getting vaccinated and taking day to day common sense precautions.
You can prevent transmission of the flu virus by taking the following precautions:
• Staying home from work when sick
• Keeping sick children home from school
• Washing hands often
• Covering coughs and sneezes
• Disinfecting frequently touched surfaces
To find locations that will offer the flu vaccination in your area click on [here].
You can also visit the Detroit Department of Health & Wellness Promotion for flu vaccinations (no appointment necessary):
North East Health Center (NEHC)
5400 East 7 Mile
Detroit, MI 48234
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(Closed for lunch 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
(Closed for lunch 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Flu shots are free for Medicaid or Medicare part B (i.e. red, white, and blue card). For all other individuals the cost is $15. Cash only.
You can find more information about influenza and flu activity in Michigan [here].