This week marks National Influenza Vaccination Week across the country. Around the state of Michigan, local health departments and pharmacies are encouraging residents to get out and receive an updated flu vaccine for the winter. During the fall and winter influenza cases spike throughout much of the country due to more people participating in indoor activities allowing viruses to more easily pass from one host to another. Western Upper Peninsula Health Department, Executive Director Kate Beer, says that getting an updated flu vaccine each year helps prevent serious influenza infections. Keeping the area happy and healthy to take on winter chores. She adds that most of the time insurance providers will foot the bill for flu vaccines.
“It all depends. Mainly insurance will cover it. It depends on where you go. The pharmacies are all usually providing clinics. You can usually get one from your primary care physician. And then you can get them at the health department.” – Kate Beer, Executive Director, Western Upper Peninsula Health Department
According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control’s influenza tracking site, Michigan has seen low flu activity this year. In comparison to other regions of the country, the Midwest has faired better than states in the south and California. Across the country this week the CDC notes there has been a 6 percent increase in positive flu cases. Go to Keweenaw report dot com to learn more about National Influenza Vaccination Week. Including information on where to go to receive your flu shot this winter.