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Seasonal Flu Vaccinations

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Vaccination Options

For the 2017-2018 flu season, we have only the shot form of the vaccine available.


Seasonal Flu Shot - Vaccine Information Statement

  • Contains killed flu virus
  • Is given by injection into the muscle
  • Is the most common form of flu vaccine
  • Is cheaper than the intranasal spray
  • Is recommended for most groups
  • May contain the preservative thimerosal


It takes up to 2 weeks for protection against the flu to develop after you receive the vaccination.


Who Should Get Vaccinated

Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year. It’s especially important that the following groups 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:


  • Pregnant women (shot, not mist)
  • Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old (shot, not mist)
  • People 50 years of age and older (shot, not mist)
  • People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
  • People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
  • People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:
    • Health care workers
    • Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
    • Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated  



Anyone can receive a seasonal flu vaccination at the public health department, however, the public health department is unable to bill Medicare or health insurance programs other than Medicaid. If you have Medicare, we recommend either getting a seasonal flu shot at your doctor's office or at a pharmacy.


Click here for immunization fees.



Monday through Friday

By appointment from Noon until 4:30 pm


Please call (231) 724-1220 to make an appointment.


Is it a Cold or the Flu?

The common cold and the flu are both illness of the nose, throat and lungs. However, different viruses cause them. Because they share some of the same symptoms, it can be hard to tell the difference between them.


Generally, the flu is worse than a cold. With the flu, symptoms like fever, body aches, exhaustion, and dry cough are more severe. A cold is usually milder than the flu and often causes a stuffy or runny nose. Colds tend not to cause as serious of health problems as the flu. There is a laboratory test to confirm if a person has the flu.


Symptoms Cold Flu




Usual; high (over 100°F); Lasts 3-4 days



Rare Common

General Aches and Pains


Slight Usual, Often Severe

Fatigue, Weakness


Mild Usual; can last up to 2 to 3 weeks

Extreme Exhaustion


Never Usual; Early on in illness

Stuffy Nose


Common Sometimes



Usual Sometimes

Sore Throat


Common Sometimes

Chest Discomfort, Cough


Mild to Moderate, Hacking Cough Common; Can become severe

Antihistamines, decongestants, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines


Antiviral medicines - See your doctor

Wash your hands often. Avoid close contact with anyone sick with a cold


Annual vaccination; Antiviral medicines - See your doctor

Sinus congestion, middle ear infection, asthma


Bronchitis, pneumonia;

Can be life threatening

This is not a substitute for a professional, medical diagnosis. Please, visit your doctor or other healthcare provider for a diagnosis of the flu.