Flu season brings more vaccines for Washington residents

Flu season is almost here and Department of Health says that the time is now to get vaccinated. “Flu seasons are unpredictable, so it’s important to get your flu vaccine as soon as it’s available, before people start getting sick,” says State Health Officer Dr. Maxine Hayes. “Getting flu vaccine now will provide protection throughout the season. It’s not too early.”

Yearly flu vaccination is recommended for everyone age six months and older.

Vaccine is already available from many health care providers, including pharmacies, and there are more vaccine options this year than ever before.

The vaccine is available as a flu shot or nasal spray. Some vaccines will protect against four different strains of flu virus. Ask your health care professional which vaccine is best for you and your family.

The Healthy People 2020 goal for flu vaccination coverage is 80% or higher. Only about 47% of people in Washington were vaccinated against flu last season.

The state health department bought more than 754,000 doses of flu vaccine for kids through age 18. Kids can get the vaccine from their regular health care providers. Kids under nine years old may need two doses for the best protection.

For more information, visit http://www.doh.wa.gov




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