Community Flu Immunization Fair in Detroit

Flu season coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on public health, means our communities are now at an even greater risk for disease that cannot be ignored. Reducing the spread of respiratory illnesses, like flu, this fall and winter is more important than ever.

 

To help prevent and reduce the spread of disease, Ascension Michigan is hosting a Community Flu Immunization Fair on Nov. 10, 11, and 12 from 9 a.m. — 5 p.m.  at the University Preparatory Academy, 5310 St. Antoine, in Detroit. The fair will close for lunch from noon to 1 p.m. Vaccine’s will be provided for anyone six months or older with written consent. Masking, social distancing and other COVID-19 safety precautions will be followed.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that up to 56 million people got sick during the 2019-2020 flu season; 740,000 people were hospitalized and up to 62,000 died.  The CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine every year. It’s especially important for high risk populations. People 65 years and older and adults with chronic health conditions (i.e. asthma, heart disease & stroke, diabetes, chronic kidney disease) are at a high risk of developing serious complications from the flu compared to young healthy adults.

 

This flu season, Michigan residents must stay cognizant that the simple action of getting a flu vaccine, coupled with other preventative measures that have already been recommended during the COVID pandemic – including watching your distance and avoiding close contact with people who could be sick; wearing a mask; and washing your hands often with soap and water – can help to protect yourself and others, preserve valuable healthcare resources and, most importantly, save lives.

 

The flu vaccine is necessary to protect our families, our communities and our nation. Influenza and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. Because some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone, and testing may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis.


Ascension Michigan is here for you. Many of our Ascension RX pharmacies offer the flu shot, as well as Ascension Michigan’s primary care/family medicine practices. Call your doctor, or video chat with a doctor 24/7 through ascension.org/onlinecare.

Community members can pre-register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ascensionfluuprep2020.

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