Washington States flu activity is on the rise and with that has brought the first reporting of multiple flu-related deaths in Washington in roughly two years (as reported by the DOH here: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Newsroom/Articles/ID/3071/Three-flu-related-deaths-reported-in-Washington-as-flu-activity-rises).
As we know, the flu is a highly contagious disease that can cause severe illness and sometimes death, even in healthy people. With omicron on the rise, getting vaccinated against influenza will help keep more people out of already crowded hospitals.
Vaccination against influenza and COVID-19 can also reduce the risk that a person might get co-infected (both viruses at the same time). To prevent severe outcomes from the flu, DOH recommends everyone 6 months of age and older get their annual flu vaccine. For a list of available locations, visit Vaccines.gov.
As a reminder, to help reduce the spread of both influenza and COVID, everyone should wash their hands often with soap and water, cover their coughs and sneezes, and stay home when they’re sick. Masks also help prevent the spread of both COVID-19 and the flu.
Although flu season varies, flu activity peaks between December and February, but can last as late as May. Help keep our workers and families healthy and get your flu vaccine today!
What can Worker Care do for you?
Give us a call (509) 575-2949 to schedule your quadrivalent flu shot and to pre-book a flu shot clinic for next year. We've got you covered!
Also to get weekly flu activity reports, educational materials and vaccine information please visit www.KnockOutFlu.org.