LANSING, Mich. – Flu vaccines are available at local health departments, doctor’s offices and pharmacies throughout Michigan.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is urging residents to get a flu shot as soon as possible so they can protect themselves and others against the flu this season.
Influenza viruses and the virus that causes COVID will be spreading at the same time this season. You can get the COVID vaccine at the same time as the flu vaccine.
According to the CDC, people who are at higher risk of getting the flu are also at higher risk of getting COVID.
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The CDC has changed its recommendations for seniors this flu season.
Adults 65 years of age and older are recommended to receive one of the following if available: high-dose flu vaccine, adjuvanted influenza vaccine, or recombinant flu vaccine, on top of the standard-dose flu vaccine.
If none of the recommended vaccines are available, any age-appropriate vaccine should be used.
According to health officials, the flu vaccine is the best way to reduce the risk of seasonal flu.
During the 2021-2022 flu season, about 3.3 million people in Michigan received a flu shot. The state has set a goal to vaccinate 4 million Michigan residents for the 2022-2023 flu season.
During the 2019-2020 flu season, there were an estimated 8 to 13 million cases of flu, 3.7 to 6.1 million flu-related medical visits, and nearly 170,000 hospitalizations.
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