Influenza (Flu) Information for Public Health and Healthcare

 

Remember to Take 3 actions to fight flu this season. 1. Get a Vaccine in shot or mist form. 2. Wash your hands. 3. Take antivirals if prescribed by your doctor if you get the flu.

Get Vaccinated. Stop the Flu.

As a healthcare professional, you're a trusted source of information. Be the example for your communities and get a yearly flu vaccine to protect yourself, your patients, and your family. Remind patients to get a flu vaccine as soon as it's available, wash their hands, cover their cough, and stay home when they are sick.

General information for the public
Influenza activity and vaccination coverage
Vaccine supply and distribution information
Vaccine administration
Vaccine forms
Vaccine recommendations
Testing, treatment and infection control recommendations

Long-Term Care Guidance

Influenza reporting and testing at the Washington State Public Health Lab

Flu communications to providers

Key messages
Importance of vaccinating pregnant women
Healthcare workers
Long term care and assisted living

Help protect residents from serious illnesses! The COVID-19, Flu, and Pneumococcal Letter (PDF) is for long-term care and assisted living providers in WA State, which includes: Adult Family Home, Assisted Living Facility, Supported Living, Enhanced Services Facility, ICF/IID, and Nursing Home. The letter has been written by DOH and DSHS to strongly recommend and encourage providers to immunize their residents against COVID-19, flu, and pneumonia this year. The letter contains recommendations on COVID-19, flu, and pneumococcal immunization, as well as additional tips and resources to help you prepare for this flu season.

Other resources

Washington State Department of Health
Immunization Action Coalition of Washington
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services

Novel Influenza Viruses

General avian influenza information
Avian influenza A (H7N9) information
Avian influenza A (H5N1) information
Influenza A (H3N2) variant virus information