Bay County Health Department offers community flu clinics

Bay County Health Officer, Joel Strasz checks vaccine supply. (Courtney Wheaton)

Bay City, Mich-- It's that time of year again, peak season for the flu. Bay County Health Officer, Joel Strasz says it's important to know the symptoms.

"Influenza is not the same thing as the stomach flu, it's a respiratory disease caused by a virus," said Strasz.

Experts say people experience many of the same symptoms as the common cold but more intense.

"You'll have body aches and pains. It will feel like you've been hit by a bus," said Strasz.

Strasz says this flu season doesn't appear to be any worse than previous years. The vaccine should have you covered according to research done by the Centers for Disease Control.

"The CDC gets together every 12 to 18 months before and tries to forecast which type of strands are coming out," said Strasz.

According to surveillance gathered by Michigan health officials, right now people in the Southeastern part of the state are recording more flu like illness than here in Mid Michigan.

The Bay County Health Department urges people to still get their vaccines and says it's stocked and ready for residents.

"We have community flu clinics where people can come to. It's a walk in type thing, you don't need an appointment and those typically run every Tuesday and Thursday in Ictober through November."

The clinics run from 8 am to 4 pm at the health department. The vaccine cost $25 and are usually covered by insurance," said Strasz.

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