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Vaccination is still the best protection against flu

Flu levels in Washington are low this time of year, according to the Washington State Department of Health, but healthcare providers shouldn’t take a break from emphasizing the importance of flu vaccine. Encourage annual vaccination to keep our state’s flu level as low as possible. You have a key role in preventing this life-threatening illness. Healthcare providers are the most trusted source of health information. A flu vaccine recommendation and offer from you makes a huge difference. Yearly flu vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months and older. It’s especially important for those at high risk for flu-related complications. Remind patients to get a flu shot and to use good health manners to help stop the spread of respiratory illnesses.

Thank you for your continued effort to fight these diseases and protect those who are especially vulnerable. Remember to watch out for your own health, too, and keep your immunizations current. Find more flu information for healthcare professionals on our flu webpages, along with free education materials.