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Oakland Co. urges residents to get flu shot after early flu-related death

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Posted at 10:54 AM, Oct 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-06 13:18:06-04

The Oakland County Health Department is urging residents to get the flu vaccine after an early flu-related death.

A senior citizen passed away after contracting the flu.

“My heart goes out to the family,” said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. “This is an unfortunate reminder that influenza can be a very serious illness, especially in adults over the age of 65.”

The health division is reminding everyone to get their annual flu shot and take preventative actions.

“Flu season has just begun so this is a critical time to get vaccinated, which is the best way to prevent the flu,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for Oakland County. “You can also help prevent the flu by washing your hands, covering your cough, and staying home when sick.”

Flu shots are available at Health Division offices in Pontiac and Southfield from Noon – 8 p.m. on Mondays and 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Pre-payment and registration are not available at these walk-in clinics. Flu shots cost $25. The high-dose flu shot recommended for those 65 years and older is $47 and is covered by Medicare.

For more information visit https://www.oakgov.com/health