Yes, you can. While it is best to get vaccinated prior to the flu season, it's still not too late.
Kristina Wieghmink, the spokeswoman for the Ottawa County Department of Public Health, said the typical flu season runs from October to April, so it's best to get vaccinated in August or September.
"If a person waits, then anytime during the flu season is fine, but the vaccine does take up to two weeks to become most effective," Wieghmink explained.
During the off-season (May through September), it is not as urgent or necessary to get the flu vaccine. However, children under the age of 9 who are receiving their first flu vaccine require two shots, typically 28 days apart. So, parents should be mindful when getting their children ready for the flu season, Wieghmink said.
Readers can find available flu vaccine locations in the area at this website: http://flushot.healthmap.org/.
"It looks like Grand Haven has several locations — Meijer, Walgreens, D&W and Rite Aid," Wieghmink said. "People should contact their preferred location (physician's office or pharmacy) to find out which vaccine is best for them, pricing and whether or not they accept health insurance."
The county health department has a link on its website for more information on the importance of the flu vaccine.
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