Flu season usually begins in October and with at least two new strains of influenza being passed around this year, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention are recommending everyone get a flu shot.
Developed for the 2012-13 flu season, the vaccine will protect against three different flu viruses and is recommended for everyone six months of age and older. A person’s immune protection from vaccination declines over time and annual vaccination is needed for optimal protection, according to the Macomb County Health Department.
The health department is currently offering a seasonal flu vaccine at its Mount Clemens, Warren and St. Clair Shores health centers.
The vaccine is $15 and payable with cash or check. Children under age 18 with no insurance coverage for flu vaccine can receive the shot for an administrative fee of $8.
Debit and credit cards are not accepted as payment, but the fees may be billed to Medicare Part B or Medicaid for residents enrolled in those programs. Medicare or Medicaid billing requires recipients to show their program ID card and a valid driver’s license or other form of photo identification. HAP Medicare clients must pay the fee or obtain the vaccine at their medical provider.
The pneumonia vaccine will also be available to people at least 65 years of age or with special health concerns for a fee of $63.
Clinic locations and hours are:
- Mount Clemens Health Center, 43525 Elizabeth Rd., Mount Clemens: 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Wednesday; 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
- Southeast Health Center, 25401 Harper Ave., St. Clair Shores: 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday; 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
- Southwest Health Center, 27690 Van Dyke Ave., Warren: 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Thursday; 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
Flu shots are also available at CVS, Kmart, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Kroger, Meijer and Target pharmacies. Use this map to find the location closest to you.
Information for the seasonal flu vaccine may be found on the health department's website or by calling the flu hotline at 586-466-7923.