Oakland County Health Division Launches Flu Shot Program For Older Adults

The Oakland County Health Division is launching a program offering flu vaccinations to homebound residents 65 or older. The program begins on Tuesday, Oct. 27.

Residents must call 800-848-5533 and make an appointment in order to receive the flu vaccination. The shot will be administered by the health division’s Public Health Nurses. 

Michigan health officials say the vaccine is not designed to protect citizens from COVID-19 but can help reduce the risk of damage done by the flu. 

“Flu vaccination is very important this year to help reduce respiratory illnesses and avoid overwhelming the healthcare system. Research is suggesting that the risk of death may double in those 60 years and older if they are infected with both flu and COVID-19,” said Dr. Russell Faust, Oakland County Medical Director. “Wear a mask, wash your hands, and practice physical distancing not only to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but also flu.”

Citizens can receive the service through medical insurance as well as Medicare, Medicaid, and most Blue Cross Blue Shield plans and Blue Care Network.

For more information, go to www.oakgov.com/health/

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