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 are at high risk for serious flu complications. This includes older people, young children and people with certain health conditionsEven healthy children and adults can become very ill if they get the flu. 

Everyone six months and older should receive an annual flu vaccine. A flu vaccination is especially recommended for all health care workers, people with chronic medical conditions, pregnant individuals, people living or caring for babies six months and younger, or people living with someone who can't be vaccinated because of health reasons.

Where to get a vaccine: Contact your health care provider or local pharmacy to get a vaccination. If you don't have a doctor 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

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