Oakland County Health Division, under the leadership of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, will kick-off its annual flu shot clinic with an open house and free health fair that highlights National Get Ready Day and various public health services. The health fair will occur daily from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17 – Friday, Sept. 20 at North Oakland Health Center, 1200 N. Telegraph Road, Building 34 East in Pontiac.
“This event is an opportunity to get a flu shot, learn more about emergency preparedness, public health and overall wellness,” said Kathy Forzley, Health Division Manager/Health Officer. “Among the topics of Get Ready Day is family preparedness, which includes unique considerations to make sure every member of the family is protected.”
The Get Ready Day display will show the contents that should be included in household emergency kits for adults, children, seniors, family members who have special needs, and pets. The health fair will include free blood pressure and BMI screenings, displays about infant safe sleep and child passenger safety, as well as information about vaccinations, substance abuse, healthy eating, exercise, food safety and more.
Residents visiting at least six tables at the health fair will receive a prize and may enter a raffle drawing for a Home Emergency Kit or an Oakland County Parks summer passbook.
Resources and information will be available on the following topics:
- Emergency Preparedness
- Homeland Security
- Food Safety
- West Nile Virus
- Nurse On Call
- MOMS Application
- Prescription Drug Assistance
- Prescription Drug Take Back
- Substance Abuse Prevention & Treatment Services
- Blood Pressure & BMI Screenings
- Women, Infants, & Children (WIC) Program
- Child Passenger Safety
- Safe Sleep Crib Display
- Nutrition Information
- Exercise Prescriptions
- Oakland County Parks
Flu shots will also be available for $20 at Health Division offices in Pontiac and Southfield from Noon – 8 p.m. Mondays and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays starting Tuesday, Sept. 17. Residents can pre-register now at www.oakgov.com/health.
Online registrants must print out a consent form to bring to the clinic where they are pre-enrolled. Online payment options include Visa, MasterCard, Medicare, and/or Medicaid. Credit card fees apply. One may also pay cash at the time of the appointment. Those who are unable to register online may call 248-858-7350 or 248-424-7120.
Walk-in clients are welcome. Their payment options include cash, Visa, MasterCard, Medicare, and/or Medicaid (no checks or money orders). Credit card fees apply.
Flu shots are available at the following Health Division offices:
- North Oakland Health Center, 1200 N. Telegraph Road, Building 34 East, Pontiac
- South Oakland Health Center, 27725 Greenfield Road, Southfield
For more information, visit www.oakgov.com/health or follow OCHD on Facebook and Twitter @publichealthOC. Nurse on Call is also available at 800-848-5533.
About National Get Ready Day
Every day, Americans face threats posed by emergencies, such as natural disasters, disease outbreaks and other potentially deadly situations. Yet surprisingly few people are adequately prepared for these situations. This led the American Public Health Association to create the Get Ready campaign in 2006, an effort dedicated to helping Americans prepare themselves, their families, and their communities for all hazards.
Major highlights of the campaign include a National Get Ready Day, held the third Tuesday of each September; and Get Ready: Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks, which encourages people to check their emergency stockpiles when they change their clocks for daylight saving time. For more information on Get Ready Day, visit www.getreadyforflu.org/getreadyday/index.htm.