The Flu Shot Clinics for the 2012-2013 flu season have ended. If you wish to receive a flu shot or intra-nasal vaccine, please contact your Everett Clinic provider to arrange an in office appointment.
- A yearly flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.
- Flu shots are recommended for everyone six months and older.
- Children younger than 6 months are at high risk of serious flu illness, but are too young to be vaccinated. People who care for them should be vaccinated instead.
- Vaccination of high risk persons is especially important to decrease their risk of severe flu illness.
- People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older.
- While there are many different flu viruses, the flu vaccine protects against the three viruses that research suggests will be most common.
- The 2012-2013 vaccine will protect against an influenza A H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and the H1N1 virus that emerged in 2009 to cause a pandemic.
Tips to Prevent Contracting or Spreading the Flu:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs enter your body this way.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people
- If you are sick with flu–like illness, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
- While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
For more information, please call our Flu Hotline at 425-257-1400 or visit: everettclinic.com/flu.