The flu shot should be considered essential this year: state health experts

Sep 29 2020, 11:02 am

With flu season quickly approaching, the Washington State Department of Health is strongly recommending that those aged 6 months and older get the flu vaccine.

“Think of it as essential to get a flu vaccine this year,” said Dr. Kathy Lofy, Washington State Health Officer, in a press release. “We should all get a flu vaccine now to help protect ourselves and our communities as we navigate this pandemic together.”

According to the health department, getting an annual flu shot can help reduce your chances of getting the highly contagious disease that can cause mild to severe illness, can lead to hospitalization, and can even be fatal.

Washington provides all recommended vaccines at no cost for kids from birth through age 18, available across the state.

“Flu vaccine is available everywhere, and many pharmacies now allow younger patients to get vaccinated with their families. Our health care workers need everyone’s support – the decision to get a flu vaccine is more important than ever,” Dr. Lofy added.

For help finding a health care provider or vaccine location, visit www.KnockOutFlu.org.

Alyssa TherrienAlyssa Therrien

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