Flu season is closing in, health officials urge vaccinations

Washington State Department of Health urges people to get their vaccines soon, as flu season is approaching.

“It’s essential to take the flu seriously and just as essential to get a flu vaccine every year,” says State Health Officer Dr. Kathy Lofy. “Flu vaccine is now available statewide at most pharmacies and health care provider offices. Everyone 6 months old and older, including kids, teens, pregnant women and healthy young adults, should get vaccinated.”

According to the Department of Health, the flu is highly contagious and can lead to deadly illness. Those particularly at risk for complications are children, seniors, pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions. They also warn that anyone can contract the flu, even healthy young people.

“Every year, flu kills many Washingtonians. We need to do better to protect each other. Get your family vaccinated now before flu strikes,” says Dr. Lofy.

The Department of Health reports that just last year, 241 people in Washington died from complications with the flu. This includes deaths with young people, as well.

Washington state provides all recommended vaccines, including the flu vaccine, for free for kids 18 and under.

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