Flu Season Has Arrived
It’s not too late to get a flu vaccine for protection, but don’t wait. Doctors at The Everett Clinic are seeing the first cases of flu this season. Patients can visit their provider's office from 8:30-5:00 Monday through Friday with no appointment and receive a flu shot. Questions? Please call your provider's office. Recommendations are for everyone ages 6 months and older to get vaccinated. Frequent hand-washing, covering coughs, and staying home if ill also help prevent the spread of flu.
- A yearly flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.
- Flu shots are recommended for everyone six months and older.
- Children younger than 6 months are at high risk of serious flu illness, but are too young to be vaccinated. People who care for them should be vaccinated instead.
- Vaccination of high risk persons is especially important to decrease their risk of severe flu illness.
- People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older.
- While there are many different flu viruses, the flu vaccine protects against the three viruses that research suggests will be most common.
- The 2012-2013 vaccine will protect against an influenza A H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and the H1N1 virus that emerged in 2009 to cause a pandemic.