"Think of a flu shot as essential this year." That from Dr. Kathy Lofy, Washington State Health Officer.  She says we should all get a flu vaccine now to help protect ourselves and our communities as we navigate the pandemic together. Flu shots are now available throughout the community. Health officials say everyone 6 months and older needs a flu vaccine. Young children, pregnant women, people with underlying health conditions, and those aged 65 and older are at high risk of complications from flu illness.

Lofy says flu is a highly contagious disease that can cause mild to severe illness, can lead to hospitalization, and can even be fatal - even in healthy young people. Washington provides all recommended vaccines at no cost for kids from birth through age 18, available across the state.