Flu/Immunization Resources

Get the Facts


The flu is a good example of how medical myths can get in the way of good medical care. During flu season, it’s important to take the necessary steps to stay healthy. That includes separating the flu facts from myths.

You can get the flu from a flu shot.

FALSE: Influenza vaccines are made from inactivated or weakened viruses and cannot cause the flu illness.

You can die from a bad case of the flu.

TRUE: Influenza is the most frequent cause of death from a vaccine-preventable disease in the United States.

You only need to get the flu shot every other year.

FALSE: Getting the vaccine each year provides protection against the most current strains of the flu.

You can spread the flu even if you’re feeling well.

TRUE: Twenty to thirty percent of people carrying the influenza virus have no symptoms.

You cannot catch the flu from going out in cold weather without a coat, with wet hair or by sitting near a drafty window.

TRUE: The only way to catch the flu is by being exposed to the influenza virus.

Adapted from Harvard Health Publications: 

Get Your Flu Shot and other Immunizations!

Community residents can obtain a flu vaccination from their physician, during an upcoming immunization event, or at a number of health centers and pharmacies throughout Genesee County. Vaccinations are covered by the Genesee Health Plan, Healthy Michigan and the Michigan Health Insurance Marketplace (ACA).


The Genesee County Immunization Drive is a project of Genesee Health Plan, the Genesee County Health Department and Walgreens.

For additional information, please contact:

Genesee Health Plan 
2171 S. Linden Road, 
Flint Township, MI 48532

Genesee County Health Department
 Floyd J. McCree Courts and Human Services Center,
 930 S. Saginaw Street, Suite 4,
 Flint, MI 48502



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