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This fall, let’s stop the flu for all.

Get vaccinated and use your virus-fighting virtuosity to flummox this flu season.

You’ve spent most of this year fighting a new respiratory virus—COVID-19. Now, it’s time to turn some of your attention to a familiar but deadly enemy—the flu.

The flu is not just a bad cold; it’s a serious respiratory illness. Every year, it kills hundreds of people in Washington and sends thousands more to the hospital.

Flu and COVID-19 infographic. For more information, call (253) 798-6410.

You can fight the flu in Pierce County with many of the tools you use to slow the spread of COVID—plus a powerful not-so-secret-weapon we don’t have yet for COVID-19—vaccine. And stomping the flu will save lives and keep our hospitals from becoming overwhelmed.

Learn more about how to protect your health this season in our Flu and COVID-19 infographic. Also available in Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Russian and Chinese (simplified).

Ready to fight the flu? You know what to do.

Time and again this year, you’ve heard us ask you to:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue.
  • Stay home when you’re sick and call a healthcare provider.
  • Stay 6 feet away from people you don’t live with.

You probably don’t think twice about doing those things now. That’s great news because they’ll go a long way toward fighting the flu, too!

You’ve also probably spent time hoping for a COVID-19 vaccine. While we don’t yet have a COVID-19 vaccine, we don’t have to hope for a flu vaccine. It’s available and easy to get.

In fact, a flu shot is your best protection:

  • It can stop you from getting the flu.
  • If you do get sick, your illness will be milder and shorter.
  • It protects others.
  • It protects you all season.

You can get a flu shot from your healthcare provider, many pharmacies, and maybe even through your job. Find out where you can get a flu shot and which type of vaccine is right for you on our flu page.

Bring your whole family to a free drive-thru flu vaccine event.

We’re partnering with MultiCare and Mary Bridge Children’s to host free drive-thru flu vaccine events this fall. Everyone 6 months or older can get vaccinated without leaving the car. Flu vaccine is free for children 18 and younger and uninsured adults. Insured adults—bring your insurance card, and we’ll bill your insurance. 

’Tis the season to take illnesses even more seriously.

At the Health Department, we begin watching flu activity every October and monitor it until May. This year, we’ll be watching even more closely. You’ve heard of the danger COVID-19 poses to our hospitals. A bad flu season combined with another wave of COVID-19 could be devastating.

Anyone can get the flu, and everyone should get a flu shot. Some groups are at higher risk for severe illness:

  • Children under age 5 (especially under age 2).
  • Adults 65 or older.
  • Those who are pregnant.
  • Anyone living with a health condition like asthma, diabetes or heart disease.

COVID-19 and the flu share many symptoms like cough, fever, sore throat and body aches. If you feel like you might have either, stay home and call a healthcare provider. Only tests can determine which infection you have. If you’re not in a high-risk group, please help keep the emergency room clear for life-threatening issues.

Adults 65 or older should specifically ask for the flu shot made just for them. These products offer a higher dose or an added ingredient to boost effectiveness.

Babies under age 6 months and people who have had severe allergic reactions to flu shots are the only people who should not get a flu shot. People with allergy to eggs can usually get a flu shot—talk to your healthcare provider.

You’ve become an expert at fighting respiratory viruses. Now, use what you’ve learned to crush COVID-19 and influenza at the same time. Let’s fight the flu, too, Pierce County!