According to the CDC, most of the country, including Michigan, is now experiencing high levels of influenza-like illness.
Walk-ins are welcome during these clinics, but appointments can also be made for other dates and times by calling (800) 432-4121.
"Every child and adult should receive the flu vaccine as soon as possible," Meyerson emphasized. "Those who are not vaccinated are risking their own health, and the health of their families.
By carrying the illness, they pose a threat to others -- especially young children and the elderly -- who are at much higher risk for life-threatening complications arising from the illness."
According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, three of the four children killed by the flu virus had not been vaccinated, and the fourth had received the vaccine too young. As of the end of December, statewide hospitalization rates and emergency room visits were reported to have increased significantly.
"Quite simply, influenza vaccinations are the best protection," Meyerson said. "If you can't make it to one of the Health Department's upcoming immunization clinics, talk to your physician or visit a local pharmacy offering the flu vaccine. There's really no excuse not to get vaccinated."
The Health Department offers appointments for flu shots and many other immunizations at its offices in Bellaire, Mancelona, Charlevoix, Petoskey/Harbor Springs and Gaylord. The cost for seasonal flu vaccination is $25.
Medicaid and Medicare are accepted, as well as private insurance, or clients may pay by cash or check. Call the Health Department at (800) 432-4121 to schedule an appointment.