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Keep up the good work and get a flu shot

The steps we take to protect against COVID-19 help limit the spread of the flu. Fewer than 1 of every 100 people admitted to the hospital have flu-like symptoms and do not test positive for other diseases, like COVID-19. Hospital stays for COVID-19 are increasing and are much more common than hospital stays for flu-like illness.

It’s more important than ever to get a flu shot. We made it even easier to get a flu shot this fall. We partnered with MultiCare and Mary Bridge Children’s to host free drive-thru flu vaccine events throughout Pierce County. We immunized 5,217 people—including 527 people who said they don’t usually get a flu shot! 

Thank you to everyone who already got a flu shot. You’re protecting yourself and those around you. If you still need to get one, it’s not too late! Ask your healthcare provider, go to a local pharmacy or visit our flu page to find a location near you.

We monitor flu activity October through April every year. This year, we’re watching even more closely because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ll regularly post flu activity updates in our blog to help you stay in the know.

Flu activity during the week of Nov. 22-28

Pierce County:

  • Flu activity was low.
  • Emergency departments and urgent cares saw 18,740 people, 169 (0.9%) of whom had flu-like illness.
  • Hospitals admitted 1,525 people, 10 (0.7%) of whom had flu-like illness.
  • Local labs reported 646 flu tests, 3 (0%) of which were positive.
  • So far this season, no long-term care facility has reported a flu-like illness outbreak.
  • So far this season, no provider has reported a flu death.

In Washington:

  • Flu activity was low.
  • So far this season, no long-term care facility has reported a flu-like illness outbreak.
  • So far this season, no provider has reported a flu death.

In the United States:

  • Flu activity was low.
  • Idaho, Arizona, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and New Jersey reported low flu activity. All other states reported minimal flu activity.

Protect your health.

Like COVID-19, the flu is a serious respiratory illness. Each year in Washington, the flu kills hundreds of people and sends thousands more to the hospital. Last flu season, the flu killed 14 people in Pierce County, 2 of whom were children.

A flu shot protects all season.

Getting a flu shot is the best protection against the flu. It can stop you from getting the flu. If you do get sick, your illness will be milder and shorter. And it protects you and those around you all season.

You can get a flu shot at a pharmacy or clinic. Visit our flu page to find a location near you.

Together, we’re working hard to stop the spread of COVID-19. Let’s fight the flu, too, Pierce County.

Flu Update. Let's fight the flu, too, Pierce County! Learn more at tpchd.org/flu.