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FLU SEASON UPDATES & INFORMATION

PROTECT YOURSELF FROM SEASONAL FLU

According to the state Department of Health, flu activity was kept low last season because of flu vaccination and COVID-19 prevention strategies such as social distancing, masking, and limits on gatherings. Now that some COVID-19 restrictions are lifting, flu has a higher chance of spreading this fall and winter. An annual flu vaccine is recommended for everyone ages 6 months and older as the best protection against flu.

 

By getting a flu vaccine, you can:

  • Protect your health and your family’s health.
  • Protect vulnerable loved ones, friends, and neighbors.
  • Protect essential workers, including first responders and healthcare workers.
  • Help ensure hospitals and clinics have capacity to respond to COVID-19 and other illnesses.

GET A FLU VACCINE


Getting a flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family from flu. A yearly flu vaccine is recommended for everyone aged 6 months and older. The vaccine is free for children ages 18 and younger.

Ways to get a vaccine:


  • Call your doctor’s office and schedule an appointment.
  • Check vaccinefinder.org to find a pharmacy or clinic near you.

TAKE STEPS TO PREVENT FLU

 

Many of the same steps recommended to prevent COVID-19 are effective for preventing flu and other respiratory illnesses.

  • Always stay home if you feel sick. Call your doctor or a clinic to ask about COVID-19 testing if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Wash your hands frequently and carry hand sanitizer with you.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or elbow.
  • Wear a face covering in indoor public spaces.

 

ABOUT THE FLU


Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk of serious flu complications. Learn more at cdc.gov/flu.

KITSAP FLU DATA


During the flu season, the Kitsap Public Health District provides a weekly report that summarizes influenza activity in Kitsap County. Historical flu season data is available on the state Department of Health’s website.

Historical flu season data is available on the state Department of Health’s website.

FLU VACCINE PROMOTION TOOLKITS

These toolkits include flu vaccine promotion materials that can be used by community partners. Thank you for supporting the health of our community!

WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Dept of Health "Think of it as essential" vaccinations

 

CDC

CDC get vaccinated image

 

OLYMPIC COMMUNITY OF HEALTH

Stay Strong poster Olympic College

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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