Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever this year to protect yourself and the people around you from flu, and to help reduce the strain on health care systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more from Tri-County Health Officer Dr. Jennifer Vines in this KOIN interview.

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. 

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.

Where to get a vaccine: We recommend you contact your health care provider or local pharmacy to arrange for your vaccination. You can also use the Flu Vaccine FinderIf you don't have a provider or health insurance, call the Washington County Health Care Resource line at 503-846-8851.

For more information: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention