Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Some people, such as older people, young children and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. Even healthy children and adults can become very ill if they get the flu. 

The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu shot each year. We strongly recommend that you contact your health care provider or local pharmacy to arrange for your vaccination.

You can also use the Flu Vaccine Finder on the State's website.

Also important

  • Wash your hands well and often.
  • Cough and sneeze into your arm or a tissue (and throw the tissue away).
  • If you become sick, stay home for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (without the use of fever-reducing medications).

Everyone ages six months and older should receive an annual flu vaccine. A flu vaccination is especially recommended for people with chronic medical conditions, pregnant women, people living or caring for babies six months and younger or people who are unable to be vaccinated because of health reasons, and all health care workers.

What if I don't have health insurance?

Call the Washington County Health Care Resource line at 503-846-8851 for assistance or see our Washington County Health Care Resource Guide.

For more information:

You can also get more information at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.