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What you need to know this flu season

At Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, 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. 1-7

In Pierce County:

  • Flu activity was low.
  • Emergency rooms and urgent cares reported 22,438 visits, 179 (0.8%) of which were for flu-like illness.
  • Hospitals reported admitting 1,649 patients, 1 (0.1%) of which had flu-like illness.
  • Local labs reported 488 flu tests, 8 (2%) 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.
  • Iowa reported very high flu activity. All other states reported minimal to low 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. Or stop by one of these local flu shot events:

Date

Time

Location

Address

Thursday, Nov. 19

2:30-5:30 p.m.

Lakes High School

10320 Farwest Dr. S.W., Tacoma

Saturday, Nov. 21

9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Lakewood Towne Center Parking Lot

Barnes and Noble, Lakewood

Thursday, Dec. 3

2:30-5:30 p.m.

Gig Harbor High School

5101 Rosedale St. N.W., Gig Harbor

Saturday, Dec. 5

6-8 p.m.

Neighborhood Clinic

1223 S. Yakima Ave., Tacoma

Saturday, Dec. 5

9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Kimi & George Tanbara, MD Health Center

East 44th St., Tacoma

Visit our flu drive-thru flu vaccine page for more info.

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