Swine Flu Shots Available To All

By: Lauren Zakalik Email
By: Lauren Zakalik Email

If you've been waiting for the chance to protect yourself from the swine flu, Monday is your day.

"Everybody across the state of Michigan, all the local health departments are now making the H1N1 vaccine available to everyone," says Marcus Cheatham of the Ingham County Health Department.

Cheatham says it's not just high-risk groups anymore; everyone is now eligible to get a free swine flu shot. Ingham County actually began doling out the doses last week and the response has been overwhelming.

"It seems like people are coming to get the vaccine. Our last two clinics had in the vicinity of 800 people in each one," Cheatham says.

There's also a strong turnout at the daily walk-in clinic at the health department, where we meet East Lansing's Steve Thomas. As a mental health worker, he's not just getting vaccinated for his own well-being.

"A lot of folks we see on a daily basis are challenged. I don't want to get the flu and give it to them," Thomas says.

Cheatham says even though there's a lull in the virus right now, all adults should get the shot or nose spray.

"We'd like to get 100,000 people in Ingham County vaccinated. That's about half the population," he says.

You can get a free vaccine at your health department, but if you want one from your doctor's office, Cheatham recommends calling first to see about prices-- and availability. Or, there's one more option.

"Some really good news is in the next couple of weeks, pharmacies will be offering the flu shot," Cheatham says. He's not sure which pharmacies will be offering them just yet.

There's a swine flu clinic from 2-6 p.m. Tuesday at the Jackson County Health Department at 1715 Lansing Ave. in Jackson. There's also a clinic 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at Holt High School in Delhi Township.

www.hd.ingham.org for more information.


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  • by Sandy on Dec 16, 2009 at 07:08 AM
    I have spoken to several people, all who qualifed for health reasons for the Swine flue shots, none of who go to the same doctors. None of them were able to get the shots, due to their doctors not wanting to be involved. But in all cases the staff at these offices all stated that the Doctors had gotten in enough vacine to do themselves and their staffs. I think this whole thing was mismanaged, handled poorly and a great many people have just said to heck with getting a flue shot. they are not going to call all over town to try and find one.
  • by Angry on Dec 15, 2009 at 08:47 AM
    I am so happy to hear this, as my doctors office got in enough for the staff and to hell with the rest of the world. I fall into the catagory of 64, poor heath, and was suppose to get a shot, only good luck finding any place you can go after work and get one. I have just given up on trying. This is the biggest joke, telling people to get the shot, but then there is no shots, no place to get them without waiting in line for hours on end, and then "we ran out".
  • by richard Location: mason on Dec 15, 2009 at 06:31 AM
    GOD HELP US IF WE HAVE A REAL HEALTH EMERGENCY OR ANOTHER KATRINA. THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT IS COMPLETLY OUT OS TOUCH WITH REALITY AND CAME UP WITH EVERY EXCUSE IN THE WORLD ABOUT NOT HAVING THE SWINE FLU SHOTS. SO NOW ON THE 15TH OF DECEMBER WE CAN HAVE IT. IN GOD WE TRUST
  • by Kelly Location: Lansing on Dec 14, 2009 at 09:45 PM
    True. People are FINALLY getting past the hysteria and the marketing by the drug companies, and getting smart.
  • by anon on Dec 14, 2009 at 05:12 PM
    More like, nobody wants the stupid thing so they're giving it to anyone who will take it.
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