Some doctors’ offices are running out of flu shots and local clinics held in stores like L&L Food Centers, Meijer, Kmart and Walgreens have cancelled their flu shot clinics. Many of the stores were supposed to receive vaccine from manufacturer Chiron, the corporation that had problems last year leading to a severe vaccine shortage.
This year, Chiron will also fall short of the 18-million doses they had expected to provide due to a delay in production.
But area health department workers say this is not a shortage; they have vaccine and open appointments. A flu shot is the best way to protect yourself from catching influenza and the more people vaccinated, the less likely the virus will spread.
All high-risk people are especially recommended to get a flu shot, but there are no restrictions so anyone who wants a shot can get one.
If you'd like to find a flu shot, call your doctor or local health department. For an appointment at the Ingham County Health Department call 1-800-871-9708.
For the Jackson County Health Department, call 517-768-2134 and for clinics in Clinton County call 989-224-2195.
VNS of Michigan clinics can be found on the WILX homepage.