Protect your family and your community from the flu and other infectious diseases!  The OCCOA, in partnership with the Health Department of Northwest Michigan, will be hosting an outside drive-up flu shot clinic as follows:

Date:  Tuesday, September 29, 2020 (Appointments required! )

Time:  9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Place:  OCCOA/Alten Zimmmer Parking Lot, 120 Grandview Blvd., Gaylord (east side of building near elk viewing area)

Flu Shot Cost:  Paid for by Medicare, otherwise $30 (unless covered by your insurance)

To Register:  Please call the Health Department of Northwest Michigan at 1-800-432-4121. (Press 4 on voicemail prompt.)

The clinic is targeted toward older adults (age 65 and older) but is open to the public (age 18 and older).

Seasonal Flu and Pneumonia Vaccines will be Available:

This year’s flu vaccine will protect against seasonal influenza. Those who need and qualify for the pneumonia vaccine will also have an opportunity to receive one at the clinic. Those wishing to receive the pneumonia vaccine should check on the necessity of one, beforehand, with their doctor.

Tdap Vaccines will also be Available:

In addition to flu and pneumonia vaccines, clinic participants will have a chance to get caught up with their tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis immunizations. Tdap (tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis – whooping cough) immunizations are available for those who need them. Persons wanting one should check with their doctor, beforehand, to find out if they are due for one.

The health department is especially concerned about getting all adults caught up with their pertussis (whooping cough) vaccines. Adults who have not kept current with their pertussis (whooping cough) immunizations, could unknowingly spread it to young children, who have not finished their full course of immunizations. For an adult, what may seem like just a cough from a bad cold sometimes ends up being whooping cough. This is a much more serious, or even fatal illness, for infants and small children.

“Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got
a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible
before handing it onto future generations.”

~George Bernard Shaw~