Health department prepared for flu season

NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP — With the calendar flipped to fall, people are enjoying pumpkin spice flavored everything. Another thing that comes with the fall season is flu season.

And the Marquette County Health Department is already in the midst of preparing the community for the flu. Clinic Coordinator Jean Reynolds tells ABC 10 the department just received its shipment of flu vaccines.

They are in the process of scheduling school flu clinics and clinics that will be made available to the public. Flu shots are recommended for everyone six months and older, especially for people with chronic health problems and seniors.

“People do die from flu annually,” said Reynolds. “We get reports of flu all season long. Quite often those people have been unimmunized. We get reports from the hospital, walk-in clinics and those people many times unimmunized they might be a lot less sick if they had a flu vaccine.”

Flu shots are available at many doctors’ offices and pharmacies. And your flu shot might be free if you have health insurance. Check with your health care provider to find out that information.