This Year, it’s More Important Than Ever to Get Your Flu Shot
Protect yourself and your family this cold and flu season by making sure you get your flu shot.
Franciscan Flu Resource Center
Franciscan Flu Resource Center
During this global pandemic, it’s more important than ever to protect yourself and your family from the flu by getting your flu shot — and getting it early in the season. We make it easy by offering flu shots at most of our primary care, women’s care and urgent care locations. (Urgent care locations can provide flu shots only for those age 19 and older.) An annual flu shot protects against the four flu strains most likely in circulation this season. If you get the flu, your flu shot may help reduce the severity of your symptoms. Call your health care provider and schedule your flu shot today!
Flu causes fever, sore throat, muscle aches and other symptoms. It can be transmitted by coughing, sneezing and close contact with others who have the flu — similar to the transmission of the coronavirus illness, COVID-19. As with COVID-19, severe cases can result in hospitalization and even death.
To protect yourself and those you love from getting the flu, follow the same measures you take now to prevent COVID-19 spread:
- Wear a mask whenever you are out and about.
- Stay at least six feet away from people you don’t live with, even when masked.
- Wash your hands
Flu and COVID-19 viruses share many of the same symptoms. If you experience any flu-like symptoms, avoid contact with others and call your provider’s office for guidance, or use Franciscan Virtual Urgent Care.
Want to know more about the ins and outs of the flu shot? We’ve got you covered.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends an annual flu shot for all persons older than six months of age who do not have contraindications.
- People with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease
- Pregnant women
- People age 65 years and older
- Health care workers
- People who care for children under six months old
- Caregivers of those at high risk of serious flu illness
- People who have a severe allergy to chicken eggs
- People who have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination
- Children younger than six months of age
- People who have a moderate-to-severe illness with a fever should wait until they recover to get vaccinated
- People with a history of Guillain–Barré Syndrome that occurred after receiving influenza vaccine should have their provider help to decide whether the vaccine is recommended for them or not
- "Take 3” Steps to Fight the Flu
- Flu Guide for Parents
- Flu Guide for Pregnancy
- If you’re ill and need medical attention, Virginia Mason Franciscan Health has primary care, women’s care and urgent care clinic locations throughout the Puget Sound. And if it’s after hours, Franciscan Virtual Urgent Care is just a call or click away.
- Visit cdc.gov/flu for more information on influenza.
Schedule an appointment
Schedule an appointment to get your flu shot with your primary care or women’s care provider or walk in to one of our Franciscan Prompt Care or Franciscan Urgent Care locations (flu vaccines not available at our Port Orchard Urgent Care or Belfair Urgent Care clinics) throughout Puget Sound.
Wash your hands often
Washing your hands with soap and water is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Handwashing can prevent one in five respiratory infections, such as colds and flu, and one in three diarrhea-related sicknesses.
You can help yourself and your loved ones stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs:
- Before, during, and after preparing food
- Before eating food
- After using the toilet
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
Wash your hands the right way
Washing your hands the right way removes more germs.
Follow these five steps every time
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.