Family Health Care Urges the Community to Vaccinate against the Flu
While we continue to deal with COVID-19 as Michigan approaches the winter months, it’s vital to remember influenza (flu) is right around the corner. While the flu virus can strike year-round, flu activity usually peaks from December to February.
“With the rising number of COVID-19 related hospitalizations, we want to do everything possible to lessen the strain on hospitals,” said Jocelyn Pouliot, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Family Health Care. “One simple step an individual can take is getting a flu shot, which can help protect against the flu and reduce the possibility of hospitalization during this critical time.”
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe symptoms, including fever, cough, sore throat, muscle or body aches, and fatigue.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends anyone over six months old be vaccinated for the flu. Those considered high risk for flu complications include individuals with chronic illness, pregnant women, children under age two, and certain racial or ethnic minorities.
“Family Health Care is doing everything we can to make the flu vaccine accessible to everyone,” continued Dr. Pouliot. “We are holding flu clinics in November and December, along with taking walk-in patients at our pharmacies.”
The flu vaccine is available at all Family Health Care (FHC) locations and walk-ins are welcome at all FHC pharmacies. Medical patients of Family Health Care are encouraged to schedule a flu shot with their provider by calling or through the patient portal.
For more information, visit familyhealthcare.org/flufighter.