CMDHD: All residents encouraged to get flu shot

From Central Michigan District Health Department

REED CITY — Everyone, ages 6 months and older, should get a flu shot this year.

This is the recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Central Michigan District Health Department as National Influenza Vaccination Week (Dec. 4 to 10) is in full swing. The nasal flu vaccine is not recommended this year. The flu shot is the only recommended vaccine.

Residents in Osceola County can get a flu shot by making an appointment or visiting the local health department branch office during walk-in clinic hours. Local pharmacies and doctors’ offices also may be offering the vaccine. Getting a flu shot is the best way to prevent the flu. As long as flu viruses are circulating, it’s not too late to get vaccinated and CMDHD encourages all local residents to do so.

Other tips to stay healthy this winter include:

  • If you are sick, stay home to avoid getting others sick. (If you are sick with flu symptoms, the CDC recommends you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without a fever reducing medicine.)
  • Avoid close contact with people who are coughing or appear ill.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are good to use when soap and water aren’t available.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough and throw the tissue in the trash. If no tissue is available, sneeze or cough into your shirt sleeve.
  • Eat healthy, drink plenty of water and get as much rest as possible.
  • People who have symptoms such as a cough, fever, fatigue, sore throat, chills, headaches, body aches (possibly along with diarrhea and vomiting), should call their doctor.

For additional information, residents can visit CMDHD's Facebook Page, visit its website at or call  (231) 832-5532 to make an appointment.