In Brief

Flu vaccinations available

GENESEE COUNTY — Flu is spreading quickly in Genesee County. The number of young children presenting to emergency departments and hospitalized with influenza symptoms continues to rise along with cases of flu-like illnesses among schools and childcare centers.

This season there have been two deaths in Genesee County with confirmed influenza, one was an infant. Last week the state of Michigan upgraded flu activity from “regional” to “widespread” due to flu increases statewide.

It is not too late to get vaccinated against flu. Flu vaccine is widely available in Genesee County. Vaccination is the best way to prevent getting the flu. The CDC now recommends that everyone six months of age and older get vaccinated against the flu each year. Vaccination is especially important for those who are at high risk for serious flu complications, including young children, pregnant women, people 65 and older, and people of any age with certain chronic health conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease).

You can also protect yourself and others from the flu by washing your hands often with soap and water and covering your coughs and sneezes. Most importantly, those who are sick should stay at home as much as possible except to seek medical care. Details: Visit — G.G.

Help Salvation Army Stores

FLINT — Spring is just around the corner and it’s once again the time of the year to clean out closets, garages, and basements.

Remember The Salvation Army by donating gently used items to the local Thrift Stores. There is an urgent need for clothing, household items, furniture and more. Your tax deductible donation is desperately needed to help fill the shelves and racks.

Providing donated resale items at greatly reduced prices will help those who are struggling financially by stretching their dollars during these difficult economic times.

To help, drop off donations at any area Thrift Store — 4273 Corunna Rd. in Flint Twp., 2230 N. Dort Highway in Flint and 817 S. State St. in Davison. A Salvation Army representative will help unload your vehicle and issue a receipt for your contribution. Donations may also be left at any Salvation Army collection bin. Larger items can be scheduled for pick up by simply calling 800-SATRUCK (800-728-7825). Proceeds from The Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores are used to help the homeless, feed the needy, and provide alcohol and drug rehab services.

Details: Call 810-234-2678. — G.G.

Breastfeeding help for moms

GENESEE COUNTY — The Family Birthing Center of Genesys now offers help for moms who need guidance with breastfeeding. A pediatrician — Sara Pendleton, MD, medical director of Pediatrics at Genesys; and a lactation consultant staff the clinic.

Mothers can find help for the following at the Genesys outpatient breastfeeding clinic: poor latch, insufficient milk supply, engorgement, painful breastfeeding, poor weight gain, prematurity, cleft palate, Down Syndrome and tongue-tie.

The clinic at Genesys is one of the first physician led clinics in Michigan. Mothers can make their own appointments or request a referral from their family physician.

Details: Call 810-606-5898. — G.G.

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