Tell your patients: Flu vaccinations are just as important, if not more important, this year
A lot of recent discussions have focused on the importance of being vaccinated against COVID-19. However, as flu season approaches, it is just as important that patients receive a flu vaccination as well this year.
Decreasing flu activity will help relieve some of the burden that has already been placed on provider offices, emergency departments and inpatient areas due to COVID-19 cases.
Patients can self-schedule a flu shot starting Wednesday, Sept. 1 by using the Michigan Medicine online MiChart portal to schedule at one of the many flu vaccination sites.
Here are other important things to tell patients about this year’s flu vaccinations and where they can find them:
- The best place for patients to find a flu vaccination is through self-scheduling at one of the many Michigan Medicine flu vaccine clinic sites: Starting Sept. 1, patients with access to their online MiChart portal may self-schedule a flu shot. Patients will still have the option to receive vaccination at existing primary care appointments. If you do not have a portal account, you can schedule an appointment by calling 734-763-6336 seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- COVID-19 vaccines and flu vaccines may be administered at the same visit: Patients may receive both vaccines safely, with no wait time in between. However, the two vaccines must be scheduled separately.
- Is your patient 65 years of age or older? If so, Michigan Medicine recommends that all patients 65 years of age and older received a High Dose flu vaccine. High Dose flu vaccine will be available at any of the regional flu clinics or at a Michigan Medicine community clinic. No special scheduling request is necessary.
- Michigan Medicine will once again be offering walk-in flu clinics with the community for patients 9 years of age and older: Click here for more information, along with a list of upcoming community flu immunization clinics
- Flu vaccinations help keep the community safe: It is important to remind patients that, just like COVID-19 vaccines, flu vaccines are vital when it comes to keeping patients and the overall community as safe as possible.
- Michigan Medicine employees should schedule their flu shot through Occupation Health Services (OHS) or their department flu liaison. Please watch for additional details in Headlines and other employee communications.