It's Time to Get Your Flu Vaccine
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Published on September 20, 2022

It's Time to Get Your Flu Vaccine

Bronson is committed to advancing the health of our communities and reminds area residents that it is important to get a flu (influenza) vaccination each year. A flu vaccine can prevent influenza, reduce the severity of symptoms, shorten the duration of illness, reduce missed work and school days and reduce the risk of hospitalization.

The flu virus can have varying symptoms, including:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Muscle aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat

In more serious situations, the virus can cause complications, some of which can be life-threatening and result in death. It is important to note that some flu symptoms are the same as those for COVID-19. This is another reason why getting vaccinated is important, because without laboratory testing to definitively identify the virus, they may be mistaken for one another.

The best way to prevent the flu is through vaccination. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone six months of age and older gets vaccinated each year. The vaccine is available at various Bronson locations. Fees vary based on the location, type of flu vaccine and insurance coverage.

Getting Vaccinated

Getting your flu vaccine is easy! At Bronson, we offer several options across southwest Michigan to make protecting you and your family quick and convenient.

1. See Your Primary Care Provider.
If you are established with a Bronson primary care provider, you can call the office to schedule a vaccine appointment. If you don't have a Bronson primary care provider, you can call a BronsonConnect Care Advisor at (269) 341-7788 for help finding a primary care provider who best fits their needs.

2. Schedule An Appointment at a Bronson Vaccine Clinic.
Four clinics are available across Southwest Michigan, and are open to the public. Appointments can be scheduled online at bronsonhealth.com/flu or on your Bronson MyChart account.

Calhoun County

Bronson Flu Vaccine Clinic - Battle Creek
Located outside the Fieldstone Center
165 North Washington Ave., Battle Creek

Kalamazoo County

Bronson Flu Vaccine Clinic - Portage
6901 Portage Rd., Portage

Van Buren County

Bronson Flu Vaccine Clinic - Mattawan
52375 North Main St., Mattawan
Bronson Flu Vaccine Clinic - South Haven
Located outside Bronson Wellness Center
950 S. Bailey Ave., South Haven

3. Walk-In To a Bronson Outpatient Pharmacy.
The following walk-in locations are also available for flu vaccines. Each location administers both the standard injectable flu vaccine and the high-dose flu vaccine, which is recommended for seniors 65 years and older.

Kalamazoo County

Bronson Outpatient Pharmacy
601 John St., Kalamazoo (located on first floor of South Campus at Bronson Methodist Hospital)
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Flu vaccines available: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Patients must be age 12 and up.

Van Buren County

Bronson Outpatient Pharmacy
451 Health Parkway, Paw Paw (located in Bronson LakeView Outpatient Center)
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Flu vaccines available: Monday through Friday, 1 to 3 p.m. or by appointment. Call (269) 668-6205 to make an appointment.
Patients must be age 12 and up.

Flu Symptoms, Recovery & More

If you get the flu, you should:

  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Stay home.
  • Get lots of rest.
  • Avoid contact with other people.

Most adults feel better in a week or two, while others, including small children, the elderly and the chronically ill, may have a harder time recovering. In most situations, flu symptoms go away on their own within a week or two and don’t require medical attention.

If you are at high risk for flu complications (adults over the age of 65, children younger than five, pregnant women and people with chronic health problems) you should contact your healthcare provider at the first signs of flu symptoms. Everyone, even if you are not at high risk, should contact your provider if flu symptoms worsen after five days.

As a proactive measure to get care quickly if you do get the flu, Bronson patients and non-patients can pre-enroll in BronsonConnect Video Visits. This service allows you to talk with a provider online 24/7 using a smartphone, tablet or computer. Download the app through the App Store or Google Play, or sign up online. The cost is $59 or less, depending on insurance coverage.

To learn more about the flu vaccine, visit bronsonhealth.com/flu.