Annual flu vaccination program starts Sept. 18

Oakland County Health Division begins its annual flu vaccination program on Tuesday, Sept. 18, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced Wednesday. The flu vaccine protects against as many as four flu viruses which are most likely to occur this season.

"The health of Oakland County residents is our top priority, especially during flu season," Patterson said. "I urge everyone who is able to get vaccinated and take the necessary precautions against the flu."

Flu shots are available for $30 at both Health Division offices in Pontiac and Southfield. Individuals 65 years and older qualify for a high-dose flu shot, which costs $57. Clinic hours are noon to 8 p.m. on Mondays and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Pre-payment and registration are not available at these walk-in clinics.

"Protect yourself and loved ones with an annual flu shot," said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for Oakland County. "Vaccination can reduce the risk of getting the flu and help protect the health of others in the community."

The Health Division will also hold three, walk-in community clinics on the following dates:

- Tuesday, Oct. 2, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Costick Center, 28600 11 Mile Road, Farmington Hills.

- Wednesday, Oct. 3, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Older Persons' Commission, 650 Letica Dr., Rochester.

- Wednesday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois, Troy.

Payment options include cash, credit (American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa), Medicare, Medicaid, and some insurance. Credit card fees apply. Residents should bring picture identification and all insurance cards to the clinic. Oakland County Health Division participates in the Vaccines for Children Program which offers vaccines at no cost for eligible children up to 18 years old. No one will be denied access to services due to inability to pay; there is a discounted/sliding fee schedule available.

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 the Health Division on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest @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.

Published: Fri, Sep 14, 2018

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