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County Urges Residents to Reserve Their Flu Shot Now

Public Date: 9/13/2010 12:00 AM
Contact: Kathy Forzley, Manager/Health Officer
Phone Number: 248-858-1410

Oakland County, Michigan -- Oakland County Health Division will provide the 2010-2011 flu vaccine at a kick-off event on Saturday, October 9, 2010, from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm at the following Health Division offices: 
North Oakland Health Center
1200 N. Telegraph Road, Building 34 East, Pontiac

South Oakland Health Center
27725 Greenfield Road, Southfield

Flu shots will be available at Health Division offices in Pontiac, Southfield, and Walled Lake beginning Monday, October 11, 2010. Hours are 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm on Monday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Tuesday through Friday.

Registration is now open. Pre-registration is encouraged at www.oakgov.com/health or by calling 248-858-7350 for North Oakland, 248-424-7120 for South Oakland, and 248-926-3302 for West Oakland. The registration system will allow clients to select the clinic location, date and time of their choice and will also provide a consent form that must be taken to the clinic where they pre-enrolled. Walk-in clients will be accepted based on availability of appointment times.

Flu shots are available for $11.00. Online payment options include Visa, Mastercard, Medicare, and Medicaid.  Walk-in payment options are Medicare, Medicaid and cash. There is a limited supply of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and Vaccines for Children (VFC) flu vaccine available for those needing financial assistance.

"People should get their flu shot as soon as possible, especially older adults, young children, and people with chronic health conditions," states Kathy Forzley, Manager/Health Officer, Oakland County Health Division. "Our experiences from last year show that prevention strategies, such as getting a flu shot, proper handwashing and staying home when you are sick, do help to reduce the risk of getting the flu."

Flu shots are available to individuals age 6 months or older. Flu vaccine is not recommended for people who are allergic to eggs or flu vaccine, had a serious reaction to flu vaccine in the past, previously developed Guillain-Barre syndrome within six weeks of getting a flu shot, or have a fever.

For more information, visit www.oakgov.com/health or call the Health Division's Flu Shot Hotline at 1-800-434-3358.​