Flu | WithinReach WA

The Flu Ends With U!

Prevent the Spread of Flu:

  • Get the flu vaccine
  • Wash your hands often
  • Avoid people who are sick
  • Stay home if you or your child is sick

Influenza (flu) is a lung infection caused by the influenza virus. Flu is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Anyone can get sick from the flu and spread it to family and friends.

Flu vaccination is the best way to protect you and your family from the flu and its complications. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Washington State Department of Health recommend that everyone 6 months of age and older be vaccinated against the flu.

Infants under 6 months are too young to be vaccinated. If you have a baby less than 6 months, you can protect them by getting yourself, other children and family members in your household, and others who care for your baby vaccinated.

Getting vaccinated while you’re pregnant helps protect you and your unborn baby from getting the flu. It may even help protect your baby from the flu after birth. Learn more about vaccines during pregnancy.

The flu vaccine is safe and effective. Over the years, hundreds of millions of people in the U.S. have safely received the flu vaccine. Flu vaccination provides protection that lasts throughout the flu season and getting a vaccine every year is the only way to be sure you are protected.

Where to Find the Flu Vaccine:

Call your doctor, nurse, or local health department to get a flu vaccine or check the HealthMap Vaccine Finder.

Or call the WithinReach Family Health Hotline at (800) 322-2588.  You can also find an immunization clinic at ParentHelp123.org.

Immunizations save lives and prevent common but serious illnesses

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