Flu Information

For the most current information on flu in Oregon, visit the State's flu website.

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. It is widespread across the United States and in Oregon this year.

H1N1 is the predominant strain of flu during the 2013-14 season. Even healthy children and adults can become very ill if they get the flu. This year's vaccine is a strong match for the virus that is circulating. There is a good supply of vaccine available.

It's not too late to get vaccinated! The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu shot (or nasal mist) each year. We strongly recommend that you contact your healthcare provider or local pharmacy to arrange for your vaccination. You can also use the Flu Vaccine Finder on the State's website.

Washington County clinics have vaccine for uninsured children between six months and 18 years old. Fees are based on income and are on a sliding scale. The appointment line is 503-846-8851.

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 aged six months and older should receive an annual influenza vaccination. 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?

Adults can get flu shots at local pharmacies without a prescription and the cost is usually less than $30.

For more information:

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