With the arrival of fall, Island County Board of Health officials are urging families to get their flu vaccinations starting in October.
While flu activity was relatively low last season, there is a greater risk of flu transmission this year as COVID-19 guidelines are eased. To prevent a combination of flu and COVID-19 cases from overwhelming medical providers, health officials recommend that residents visit their doctor’s office, pharmacy or clinic event in your area to receive this year’s flu vaccine.
For information about where to get a flu shot, go to www.vaccinefinder.org or call the Help Me Grow Washington hotline at 1-800-322-2588.
In Washington state, all children under age 19 receive flu and other recommended vaccines at no cost. A provider may charge an administration fee to give the vaccine, but a patient may ask that the fee be waived if you cannot afford it. Also, most insurance plans, including Medicare Part B, cover the cost of a flu vaccine for adults.
Flu vaccinations will be available through early spring.