SNOHOMISH COUNTY --- More plentiful and more important than ever, flu vaccine has arrived to help you stay healthier through the influenza season. In Snohomish County, the first influenza cases usually appear in December, peak in early February, and tail off in March. Snohomish Health District’s two immunization clinics will expand their walk-in hours beginning Oct. 20 to accommodate increased demand for flu shots.
“Getting a flu shot now should protect you from the flu viruses that are circulating this season,” said M. Ward Hinds, MD, MPH, health officer for Snohomish County. “During the winter months, infection with influenza is a major cause of hospitalization and premature deaths among older persons and others at risk,” said Dr. Hinds. “Getting a flu shot is the best protection.”
People as young as 6 months old are encouraged to get a flu shot. Yearly influenza shots are recommended for all persons age 50 over and persons of any age with high-risk medical conditions or who live with or care for persons with high-risk medical conditions. High-risk adults and children also should be vaccinated with pneumococcal vaccine to protect against serious infections such as pneumonia and meningitis.
The Health District’s main clinic in Everett and South County clinic in Lynnwood will offer an expanded walk-in schedule the weeks of Oct. 20-24, and Oct. 27-31: 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday at both clinics; afternoon walk-in hours will be 1-4:40 p.m. Monday and Wednesday in Everett, and 1-5:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday in Lynnwood.
Flu shots by appointment will be available at Main Clinic/Everett beginning Oct. 21, and continuing through influenza season on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons from 1-4:30 p.m. Call Main Clinic to schedule an appointment: 425.339.5220. The Main Clinic address is 3020 Rucker Ave., Suite 108, Everett.
South County/Lynnwood appointments will be available beginning Oct. 20 and continuing through influenza season on Mondays from 1-5:30 p.m., and Wednesdays and Fridays from 1-4:30 p.m. Call 425.775.3522 to schedule an appointment at the South County/Lynnwood clinic, 6101 - 200th St. SW, Lynnwood.
The regular walk-in schedule resumes Nov. 3 at both clinics: Main Clinic/Everett, Monday and Wednesday, 1-4:30 p.m.; South County/Lynnwood, Tuesday and Thursday 1-5:30 p.m.
The total fee for influenza vaccination for adults is $15 and $10 for children, payable by medical coupons, cash or check; a sliding fee scale is available, based on household size and gross combined income. The clinics do not accept debit or credit cards. The clinics will bill Medicare for qualified clients whose primary insurance is not with an HMO; bring your Medicare number with you to the clinic. Individuals with Medicare who are enrolled in a health plan are encouraged to visit their assigned provider for immunizations.
Established in 1959, the Snohomish Health District works for a safer and healthier community through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats. Find more information about the Health District at www.snohd.org.