H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine widely available

National Influenza Vaccination Week starts Sunday, January 10 highlighting the importance of people getting vaccinated even this time of the flu season. It’s a reminder that vaccination is a quick and easy way to stay healthy.

People should check with their health care providers about getting vaccinated. Many local health agencies (http://www.doh.wa.gov/h1n1/h1n1_getvaccine.htm), retail pharmacies, and grocery stores also have vaccine. Large retail pharmacies are now getting vaccine directly from the federal government to help make it more available. This offers another great opportunity for the public to find vaccine.

The state Department of Health provides information about vaccine and where to find it online. The agency’s H1N1 Web site (www.doh.wa.gov/h1n1/default.htm) offers tips on how schools, businesses and people at home can stay healthy as this year’s flu season continues. The agency also posts H1N1 updates on Twitter (http://twitter.com/wa_deptofhealth).

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