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Influenza

2021-2022 Flu Vaccine

The best way to protect yourself from the seasonal influenza virus is by vaccinating yourself and your loved ones. COVID-19 is still a threat in our state and it is more important than ever to stay healthy and protect yourself against preventable illnesses.

Flu vaccines are typically available in September and are simple to obtain. Click the link below to learn more about how to protect yourself from influenza during the 2021-2022 flu season.

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What is the Flu?

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness typically in the nose, throat, and lungs caused by influenza viruses. It can result in mild to severe illness and sometimes death. The best way to prevent flu is by getting vaccinated each year with a flu vaccine. Use the vaccine finder to find a flu vaccine location near you! Find out more about flu by clicking the flu basics button below.

Flu Basics

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The flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from getting sick with the flu. Flu vaccines are safe and are recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older every year, with rare exceptions. Vaccination has shown to have many benefits including reducing the risk of flu illnesses, hospitalizations, and even death. Find out more about how to prevent flu by clicking the link below.

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Alana's Story

Alana's Foundation was founded in 2009 in memory of Alana Yaksich who died at 5 years of age on February 3, 2003 of influenza.

The mission of Alana's Foundation is "to prevent deaths caused by influenza, a vaccine preventable disease and provide support for families whose child has died from any illness."

Visit the Alana's Foundation website to find out more about the important initiatives and programs run by this organization.
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Tracking The Flu

The timing and severity of each influenza season is unpredictable. MDHHS, in collaboration with the CDC, uses flu surveillance to help determine when and where flu activity is occurring throughout Michigan, determine what flu viruses are circulating, measure the impact of flu on our health care systems, and more. Click the link below to find out more about flu surveillance.

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Flu Resources

Find fact sheets, flyers, and more resources about flu vaccination, and what you should know for the 2021-2022 flu season.

Flu Resources

Get the Latest From the CDC

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The United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention has more information at a federal level about seasonal influenza. Click the link below to access the federal government's information and resources.

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