Oakland County to kick off annual flu vaccination program

Oakland County Health Division begins its annual flu vaccination program on Monday, Oct. 14, county health officer Leigh-Anne Stafford announced recently. After a previous shipping delay, the Health Division now has an adequate vaccine supply.

The flu vaccine protects against as many as four flu viruses which are most likely to occur this season.

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

Flu shots are available for $24 at both Health Division offices in Pontiac and Southfield. Individuals 65 years and older qualify for a high-dose flu shot, which costs $53. FluMist, the nasal spray flu vaccine, is also available for $30. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Pre-payment and registration are not needed at these walk-in clinics.

The Health Division is also holding a community clinic for the public on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois, Troy.

Payment options include cash, credit (Visa/Mastercard), Medicare, Medicaid, most Blue Cross Blue Shield plans and Blue Care Network, and additional insurances. Credit card fees apply. Bring picture identification and all insurance cards to the clinic.

The 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 and Twitter @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, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Published: Fri, Oct 11, 2019