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Public Health - Seattle & King County

Seasonal influenza ("flu") recommendations for 2013-2014

Influenza spreads readily from person to person in schools, workplaces and homes. Everyone over 6 months of age should get the annual flu vaccine to prevent sickness, unnecessary healthcare visits, hospitalizations, and deaths from influenza.

Flu vaccine provides protection against the three strains of influenza—the H1N1 strain that caused the illness in 2009 and later seasons, and 2 other flu viruses that caused illness last season. Vaccines for 2013-14 contain the H1N1 strain that caused the illness in 2009 and later seasons, and 2 or 3 other flu viruses, depending on the formulation. People should get vaccinated now, as soon as the vaccine is available from their healthcare provider or pharmacy – protection lasts throughout the flu season.

Basic flu information Basic flu information

H7N9 bird flu H7N9 bird flu

A new strain of H7N9 bird flu has been found in birds and people in China. It is different than the seasonal flu viruses. No ongoing person-to-person spread of this virus has been found at this time.


Information for healthcare professionals and pharmacies Information for healthcare professionals and pharmacies

Information for long-term care facilities Influenza resources for institutions and long term care facilities

For schools, child care and early childhood programs For schools, child care and early childhood programs

For businesses and employers For businesses and employers

Flu education materials Flu education materials
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Local mascots in the Puget Sound area team up to teach tips on preventing the spread of flu in the community. Learn how to order free Mascot posters (for King County street addresses only.)