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Flu Shots Available In Kent County And Recommended For Most

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Flu shots are always in demand.  Fortunately, this year supply is expected to exceed demand.  But even though there appears to be more than enough flu shots, it is still recommended that you get your shot now and do not wait until flu season picks up.

Should your kids get the flu shot?  And what about the shot vs. the nasal mist?

WZZM says:

The good news for parents is that a lot of this season’s vaccine comes in two kid-friendlier forms. There’s plenty of the nasal spray form for children over age 2. And this year new, thinner needles have been distributed for the shot.

And instead of the somewhat confusing lists from previous years of who should get what shot when, this year the message is simple – it’s for everyone over 6 months.

The Michigan Department of Community Health explains what this year’s flu shot will protect against:

The 2011-2012 flu vaccine will protect against three different flu viruses: an A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)-like virus; an A/Perth/16/2009 (H3N2)-like virus; and a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus.

Sounds pretty technical.  Put simply, the shot will help to keep you from getting sick.  That’s all I care about.

Kent County Health Department’s seasonal 2010-2011 flu vaccine program has begun.  It is open to all individuals 6 months of age and older.  To make an appointment call 616-632-7200 or click here.

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