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Vaccinate Early to Protect Yourself from the Flu

Tuesday August 25, 2020

CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.

Getting a flu vaccine during 2020-2021 will be more important than ever. Flu vaccines will not prevent COVID-19, but they will reduce the burden of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths on the health care system and conserve scarce medical resources for the care of people with COVID-19.

CDC has worked with vaccine manufacturers to have extra flu vaccine available this flu season. Manufacturers have already begun distributing flu vaccine and will continue to distribute vaccine throughout the season. “Getting vaccinated in August is too early, especially for older people, because of the likelihood of reduced protection against flu infection later in the flu season,” says Kali Nichols, Director of Personal Health and Disease Prevention at the Health Agency. “September and October are good times to get vaccinated. However, as long as flu viruses are circulating, vaccination should continue, even in January or later.”

In addition to the vaccine, stopping the spread of germs is important for many reasons; prevention of flu, COVID-19 and the common cold are just three examples. Follow these few tips from the CDC to keep germs at bay:

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency offers free vaccinations to qualifying families with children age 18 or younger through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program. This program is for children who are not insured or whose insurance does not cover immunizations. To get your flu shot from the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency, please call your local office and schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

Branch County: Monday Immunization clinics – call 517-279-9561 ext. 100

Hillsdale County: Wednesday Immunization clinics – call 517-437-7395 ext. 336

St. Joseph County: Tuesday Immunization clinics – call 269-273-2161 ext. 208