Stay in Peak Health, Get a 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
Protect yourself and your family this cold and flu season by making sure you get your flu shot. We make it easy by offering flu shots at most of our primary care, women’s care and urgent care locations (most urgent care locations can only provide flu shots for patients 19 years of age or older). Whether you walk in or schedule an appointment, getting vaccinated can reduce the chance of fever, sore throat, muscle aches and other flu symptoms. And if you do contract the flu, your shot may help reduce the severity of the illness.
Want to know more about the ins and outs of the flu shot? We’ve got you covered.
- 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, CHI 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
With the exception of Bonney Lake and Gravelly Lake (offering flu shots to patients six months and older), all other urgent care clinic locations can only offer flu shots for patients who are 19 years of age or older.
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.