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

Protection lasts throughout the flu season, which usually peaks in January or February and continues into the spring. Some children and adults may be eligible to receive nasal spray flu vaccine.

People with egg allergy may also be eligible to receive flu vaccine. Talk with your healthcare provider or pharmacist about which flu vaccine is recommended for you.

Resources on flu

Influenza in King County

Purpose of surveillance:

  • To detect the emergence of novel influenza
  • To monitor influenza activity in the community
  • To identify clusters of severe illness and outbreaks of influenza in institutional settings
  • To monitor mortality from laboratory-confirmed influenza

More information:

Download the latest report: Week 44: Oct. 27–Nov. 2, 2019 (PDF)

As of November 2, 2019, there has been was one influenza-related death reported and three outbreaks at long-term care facilities this season (since September 29, 2019).

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