Mayor Jenny Durkan has announced that the annual flu shot will be made available for free this week, with Seattleites being encouraged to get immunized to protect both themselves and their at-risk neighbors.
According to one of Durkan’s blog posts, the City has used $150,000 in CARES Act funding to purchase 3,750 vaccinations to provide for uninsured residents at no cost.
Last year, only 47% of the US population got a flu shot, according to the latest CDC numbers.
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Even if you are a healthy adult, it is recommended that you get the vaccine because it can help protect people that may have weaker immune systems.
“In the midst of a global pandemic, this flu season is unlike any other. Flu vaccinations will save lives,” said Durkan. “This year getting your flu vaccination means you are not only protecting your community, but you are helping our health care professionals by keeping hospitalizations low, and maintaining the capacity to address serious illnesses, like COVID-19.”
The City-purchased vaccinations will be provided at no cost at all Seattle Visiting Nurses Association locations on October 21 and October 30. Clients will be able to walk up or drive up for free service.