For many people, the seasonal flu is a mild illness.
But for some people, the flu can lead to serious infections like pneumonia, hospitalization, and death
Public Health – Seattle & King County is offering free flu vaccination clinics on Saturday, November 2 to make flu vaccine more widely available to people without health insurance or who are unable to pay.
The CDC has furloughed more than half its staff as a result of the federal shutdown. That worries states that depend on CDC funding and help, particularly as the flu season begins.
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.
Making the choice to vaccinate your child is vital for their health and well-being. Even so, getting shots can still be stressful for you and your little one. Fortunately, there are simple ways you can support your child before, during, and after shots.
Last school year, 86.3% of local kindergarteners were up to date on their shots, higher than the state average of 85.6%.
Is your child up to date?
Vaccines required for school are available to children at no cost.
Leon Farrant, a graphic design student at Purchase College, used data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to create a striking infographic showing the impact vaccines have had on health in the U.S.
FDA warns consumers to steer clear of fraudulent flu products, which can be found online and in retail stores and may include products marketed as dietary supplements or conventional foods, drugs, nasal sprays and devices.
Flu outbreaks in several long-term care facilities around the state are a particular concern. Employees at these facilities and visitors should get the flu vaccine and delay visits if they’re sick, health officials said.
Public Health – Seattle & King County is offering free flu vaccination clinics to make flu vaccine more widely available to people without health insurance or who are unable to pay. Flu vaccine (shots and nasal spray) is also available at many healthcare provider offices and pharmacies for those who have insurance or are able to pay for vaccination.
More patients with the flu are seeking care at the emergency room this year, despite the 112 million Americans who have gotten a flu shot
At Seattle Children’s, 62 infants, kids and teens tested positive for flu last week – three times more than the number of cases seen in the first week of December. In this post, Dr. Tony Woodward, medical director of the division of emergency medicine at Seattle Children’s, shares tips parents can use to keep the flu from spreading:
Most of the country is experiencing high levels of influenza-like infections with the number of cases already nearing those seen during moderately severe flu seasons, according the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Two adults in King County and a child in Pierce County have died after contracting the flu, the Washington State Department of Health reports.
Snohomish health officials recommend that everyone 6 months of age and older get an annual flu shot. The cost for an adult flu shot at the Snohomish Health District is $30. A shot for a child costs $15. The vaccine also is widely available at private providers’ offices, pharmacies and other community locations . . .