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In case you were still procrastinating getting a flu shot this year, here's another reason to make it a priority.

There's a chance the vaccine could offer some protection against COVID-19 itself, says virologist Robert Gallo, who directs the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and is chairman of the Global Virus Network.


The Detroit Health Department wants to make the flu vaccine more accessible to city residents this fall.


One prong of the distribution effort is to provide 6,740 free shots to people living in emergency shelters, adult foster care facilities, and senior living facilities between October 14 and Christmas. 


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The governor set a goal of vaccinating an additional one million people in Michigan compared to last year.

She said Tuesday that the upcoming colder months represent a double threat.

She said an increase in serious flu cases would make it tougher for hospitals and other health care providers to handle an expected uptick in COVID-19 cases. Whitmer said it’s also not fair to expose health care workers to the double threat.