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Posted on: January 18, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Flu Vaccinations: Free Clinics Available

Public Health – Seattle & King County is offering free flu vaccination clinics for all people over six months of age without health insurance or who are otherwise unable to pay for vaccination.

About the Free Flu Vaccination Clinics:
• Begin Saturday, Jan. 19. • No other vaccinations will be offered at the time of the clinics.
• You will be able to get flu shots or nasal spray vaccines, and preservative-free, gelatin-free, and latex-free vaccines will be available. • You do not need to be a regular client at Public Health Centers and you do not need to show proof of citizenship to get the vaccination.

For the most up-to-date list of locations and times, go to Public Health’s website.

Flu vaccine is also available at many healthcare provider offices and pharmacies for those who have insurance or are able to pay for vaccination. Find a location now!

The flu vaccination is the single best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from flu. The flu may be spreading for many weeks, so get vaccinated now to have protection for the rest of the flu season.

Health experts recommend flu vaccine for all people six months and older, especially for pregnant women and people who have long-term health problems, like diabetes, asthma, and heart or lung problems. Anyone who lives with or cares for an infant younger than six months should get vaccinated to protect the infant from getting flu.

You can also take these everyday steps to protect against the flu:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use alcohol-based hand cleaners. • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Touching these areas spreads germs.
• Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

Help stop the spread of flu:• Cover your nose and mouth with your sleeve or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
• Stay home from work and school if you are sick until at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, and avoid close contact with others.

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