Flu can make anyone sick but vaccination is especially important for certain high-risk groups including pregnant women, children under five, people 50 and older, and those with certain medical conditions, like asthma, heart disease, diabetes, and neurologic conditions.
Children under nine may need two doses. Check with your doctor, nurse, or clinic about how many doses your child may need this season.
To find flu vaccine, contact your local health agency (www.doh.wa.gov/LHJMap/LHJMap.htm), doctor, local pharmacy, or call the Family Health Hotline at 1-800-322-2588. More information and resources are on the agency’s Flu News web page (www.doh.wa.gov/flunews).
The Department of Health provides flu vaccine to all kids under 19 at no cost. Health care providers may charge an office visit fee and a fee to give the vaccine, called an administration fee. People who cannot afford the administration fee can ask their regular health care provider to waive the cost. Adults should talk to their insurance carriers about coverage for flu vaccine.