Free flu shots offered

We received the info below from several sources this week including the SNAP (Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare) email list from the Seattle Office of Emergency Management.

Public Health – Seattle & King County is offering free flu vaccination clinics for all people over 6 months of age without health insurance or who are otherwise unable to pay for vaccination.

About the Free Flu Vaccination Clinics

  • Clinics begin Saturday, January 19.
  • No other vaccinations will be offered at the time of the clinics.
  • You will be able to get  flu shots or nasal spray vaccines, and preservative-free, gelatin-free, and latex-free vaccines will be available.
  • You do not need to be a regular client at Public Health Centers and you do not need to show proof of citizenship to get the vaccination.

LOCATIONS AND TIMES

Columbia Public Health Center

4400 37th Ave S, Seattle, 206-296-4650

Saturday, January 19, 10 am-2 pm

Thursday, January 24 and January 31, 3-7 pm

Eastgate Public Health Center

14350 SE Eastgate Way, Bellevue, 206-296-4920

Saturday, January 19, 10 am—2 pm

Wednesday, January 23 and January 30, 3-7 pm

Federal Way Public Health Center

33431 13th Place S, Federal Way, 206-296-8410

Saturday, January 19, 10 am-2 pm

Saturday, January 26, 10 am-2 pm

North Public Health Center

10501 Meridian Ave N, Seattle, 206-296-4765

Saturday, January 19, 10 am-2 pm

Tuesday, January 22 and January 29, 3-7 pm through January

For People With Insurance or Ability to Pay

Flu vaccine is also available at many healthcare provider offices and pharmacies for those who have insurance or are able to pay for vaccination. Visit http://flushot.healthmap.org to help find locations.

About Flu Vaccine

  • Flu vaccination is the single best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from flu. The flu may be spreading for many weeks, so get vaccinated now to have protection for the rest of the flu season.
  • Health experts recommend flu vaccine for all people 6 months and older, especially for pregnant women and people who have long-term health problems, like diabetes, asthma, and heart or lung problems. Anyone who lives with or cares for an infant younger than 6 months should get vaccinated to protect the infant from getting flu.

About Flu

  • Flu can feel miserable and may require you to stay home for a period of days, but most people who are otherwise healthy and under 65 will get better with rest at home and plenty of fluids.
  • Symptoms of flu include cough, sore throat, sneezing, fever, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, chills, tiredness, diarrhea, and vomiting.
  • Flu can be serious for infants and children under two years of age, pregnant women, people over age 65 years , and many people who have long-term health problems such as diabetes, asthma, neurological diseases, heart or lung problems, weakened immune systems, and  obesity.  These people are at high risk for severe illness. They should call their doctor promptly if they develop flu symptoms. In some instances, flu can lead to hospitalization and even death.
  • Doctors can prescribe anti-viral medicine to prevent severe illness, but the medicine works best if given within 48 hours of getting sick.
  • You can also take these everyday steps to protect against the flu:
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use alcohol-based hand cleaners.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Touching these areas spreads germs.
    • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Help stop the spread of flu:

o   Cover your nose and mouth with your sleeve or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

o   Stay home from work and school if you are sick until at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, and avoid close contact with others.

UPDATES AND MORE INFORMATION

www.kingcounty.gov/health/flu

Public Health – Seattle & King County’s Health and Medical Area Command (HMAC) has activated at a low level to monitor flu activity throughout the County and provide support to the healthcare system as needed.

http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/preparedness/healtheoc.aspx


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