Is your family ready to fight the flu? The CDC recommends that every person over the age of six months get an annual influenza vaccine. The Washington State Department of Health has classified the flu activity as widespread meaning people are catching and spreading the flu in most areas of the state.
Receiving a flu shot is the single best protection one can take against the flu. Unfortunately, less than 50% of Washington State children ages 5-12, received an influenza vaccine last season.
Hoping to getting more children and adults immunized this season, the Seattle and King County Public Health Divisions are offering a free, one day, flu vaccination clinic. People without health insurance and/or are unable to pay, may receive a free flu vaccine on Saturday.
Free flu vaccination clinics
November 2, 2013
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
These are walk-in clinics with no appointment necessary
Columbia Public Health Center
4400 37th Ave S
Eastgate Public Health Center
14350 SE Eastgate Way
Federal Way Public Health Center
33431 13th Place S
Federal Way, Wa.
Renton Public Health Center
3001 NE 4th St.
The Washington State Department of Health warns that flu activity is now classified as “widespread” Washington, which means people are catching and spreading the flu in most areas of the state.
Vaccines for 2013-14 contain the H1N1 strain that caused illness in 2009 (and later seasons), as well as other flu viruses that caused sickness last year.
The flu vaccine is especially recommended for:
Adults 50 years and older
Children aged 6 months through their 19th birthday
Note: Kiddos aged 6 months to 9 years receive two flu shots the first year they are vaccinated.
All ages that fall in any of these categories:
In contact with infants age 0-6 months (who are too young to receive vaccine)
Live, or work-in, long-term care facilities
Have chronic health conditions (asthma, diabetes, kidney and lung disease, etc.)
Health care personnel