Area residents are encouraged by the Livingston County Health Center to get their flu vaccination.Click to hear KMZU’s Jillian Molloy talk with Public Information Supervisor Ann Burchett.

Ann Burchett

Press Release from the Livingston County Health Center:

Livingston County Health Center has received a partial shipment of seasonal influenza vaccine. The health center will offer these doses of flu vaccine to county residents age 19 and over.  Appointments are being taken, starting today.

CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted for “universal” flu vaccination in the U.S. to expand protection against the flu to more people, meaning everyone over 6 months of age should be vaccinated.

People should especially get vaccinated each year for seasonal influenza if they are at high risk of having serious complications, or if they live with or care for high-risk persons.

While everyone should get a flu vaccine each flu season, it’s especially important that certain people get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications.

The health center is now taking appointments for Livingston County residents who are:

  • Age 19 or over.

If you live in Livingston County are 19 or over, call the health center at 646-5506, or come by the office at 800 Adam Drive to make your appointment.

Some think this time of year is “too early” and that vaccination will “wear off” before flu season is over.  This simply isn’t the case. Yearly flu vaccination should begin in September, or as soon as vaccine is available, and continue throughout the flu season which can last as late as May. This is because the timing and duration of flu seasons vary. While flu season can begin early as October, most of the time seasonal flu activity peaks in January or later.

The health center will be vaccinating children under 18 in the future, but has not yet received its full vaccine supply for this age group.

We anticipate receiving another shipment of vaccine in the future, watch and listen for announcements in the media for future clinics.  The health center also encourages those who want to receive a flu vaccination to call local pharmacies for information about their immunization opportunities.

Donations are being accepted to offset the cost of flu vaccine.  Those on Medicare should not feel obligated to donate, as their vaccination will be billed to Medicare.

All services of the health center are provided on a non-discriminatory basis.