OLYMPIA ¾ H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine is widely available – more than 2 million doses have been shipped to Washington. Vaccine is available at pharmacies and medical offices to anyone who wants it.
“Now that more vaccine is available, it’s the perfect time to protect yourself and your family. I got my own vaccination December 22 when access was expanded,” says Secretary of Health Mary Selecky. “Flu activity in our state has dropped, but some H1N1 disease is still circulating. Flu viruses are always unpredictable and we don’t know what will happen next.”
Vaccination is the best protection against H1N1 and seasonal flu. Everyone can benefit from a flu shot; however, it’s crucial for many people at high risk for complications. This includes children and young adults, pregnant women, and anyone with a chronic medical condition. Washing your hands, coughing and sneezing into your sleeve, and staying home when you’re sick are also important ways to stay healthy this flu season.