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Health dept. advises vaccines

Flu activity has been low in Washington in the early part of this season, according to the Department of Health, which is why they are urging people to get vaccinated before illnesses start to mount in January through March. Be aware that it takes two weeks for vaccine to be effective.

If you have questions check out the Department of Health’s new public service video at www.doh.wa.gov. The video features local families along with Secretary of Health Mary Selecky talking about why they get the flu shot every year and encouraging others to do the same.

“Influenza is a serious disease that hits some people harder than others and can be fatal,” says Secretary of Health Mary Selecky.  “The flu vaccine is one of the best ways to protect against the flu and has a long safety record.  It protects you, your loved ones, and your community. It’s also important to use good health habits—washing your hands, covering your cough, and staying home when you’re sick.”

To make an appointment for a flu vaccine, contact SJC Health and Community Services at 378-4474, or go to www.doh.wa.gov/LHJMap/LHJMap.htm, or your doctor, local pharmacy, or call the Family Health Hotline at 1-800-322-2588.

For more info, visit www.doh.wa.gov/flunews.

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