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Thumb Health Department Encourage Flu Immunization
Mon, 02 Dec 2019 16:20:16 EST
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Health departments in Tuscola County and in Huron County are celebrating National Influenza Vaccination Week, and reminds residents it is not too late to get vaccinated. It can take up to two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu, according to Tuscola County Health Department Public Health Nurse II Department Coordinator for Immunization/Communicable Disease. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, and it can last as late as May. Tuscola County adults can walk in during regular clinic hours which are from 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., Monday to Thursday and Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. To immunize a children call 989-673-8116 to make an appointment. Huron County normal hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with some late clinics available. Adults can walk in at anytime during normal hours, but to get a child immunized call 989-269-9723 to make an appointment. The Flu vaccine can reduce a person's risk of flu illness, doctor visits and missing work and school due to flu. The flu vaccination also can help protect women during and after pregnancy and protect the baby from a vaccinated mom for several months after birth. The flu vaccine has also been shown to save children's lives and the severity of illness. Both health departments have a variety of flu vaccines to meet everyone's needs. For the best protection, those six months of age and older should receive a flu vaccine every year. Most insurance is accepted and consider flu vaccination a covered benefit. For those uninsured or underinsured, cost will vary based on income eligibility and family size. To learn more about the flu, go to the website www.beattheflu.org.