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Flu News from the Washington State Department of Health

Flu News from the Washington State Department of Health
Posted on 02/21/2018

Flu activity continues to be widespread in Washington and hospital visits for flu-like symptoms remain elevated. Health officials want the public to know when to seek emergency medical carewhen to stay home and also urge anyone over 6 months of age who hasn't been vaccinated this year to get a flu shot now to protect themselves, and others. It isn’t too late to get a flu shot!

Flu vaccine (flu shot) is now available across the state for everyone aged 6 months and older, including pregnant women. Flu shots are readily available at most pharmacy locations, clinics and from many other medical providers and locations.

Annual flu vaccination is the best method of prevention against illness, followed by covering your cough/proper hand washing and staying home from school or work when you are sick. The flu shot takes up to two weeks to provide full protection and is now available at pharmacies and clinic locations throughout the state.

All children in Washington receive vaccines at no cost through age 18. The provider may charge a fee to give the vaccine, called an administration fee. You can ask for this fee to be waived if you cannot afford it.

Protect yourself and your family by getting vaccinated as soon as possible — and by educating yourself, your co-workers and your household about the importance of flu shots:

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