Flu Numbers Continues to Rise in Many Areas of Washington

State Health Officer Dr. Maxine Hayes sent a letter to facility managers urging them to encourage employees to get vaccinated to protect clients, patients, and themselves from the flu. Visitors to these facilities should get the flu vaccine and delay visits if they’re sick.

Vaccine for adults is available in most Washington communities, though some providers may run out. Flu often comes on quickly with symptoms that may include fever and chills, cough, sore throat, muscle and body aches, and extreme tiredness. Most people who get the flu will recover in less than two weeks, but some will develop complications (such as pneumonia) as a result of the flu. For some people, these complications can result in hospitalization or death.

The Department of Health urges people at risk for flu complications to contact their health care provider promptly if they develop flu symptoms. Antiviral medication – when taken within the first 48 hours of illness – can reduce the likelihood of severe illness.