Washington state health officials are strongly recommending residents get their flu shot as early as possible this flu season.
“It’s essential to take the flu seriously and just as essential to get a flu vaccine every year,” said Dr. Kathy Lofy, state health officer, in a press release. “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.”
Young children, pregnant women, people 65 years old or older and people with chronic health conditions are at a high risk of developing serious and potentially deadly complications from the flu virus, according to the state DOH. Health workers and caregivers for babies and older adults should also get vaccinated.
“Every year flu kills many Washingtonians,” Lofy said. “We need to do better to protect each other. Get your family vaccinated now before flu strikes.”
For more information, go to KnockOutflu.org.