SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – Uninsured and low-income adults can take advantage of two upcoming vaccination clinics for flu, whooping cough, and pneumonia in Everett, Wash. Thanks to sponsorships from the Snohomish Health District, Walgreens, South Everett-Mukilteo Rotary Club, Medical Reserve Corps, XFINITY Arena, The Daily Herald, and WorkSource, these clinics are both free.
- The first clinic will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10 at Xfinity Arena, 2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett, Wash. This coincides with a free skating event for the public on the main ice rink.
- The second clinic will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the WorkSource Community Resource Fair on Wednesday, Jan 14 at WorkSource Everett, 3201 Smith Ave., Everett, Wash.
Washing hands, covering your coughs, and staying home when you are sick are effective ways to reduce spreading and getting diseases. The best way to prevent illness is vaccination.
As across the nation, the flu season in Snohomish County is proving to be more severe than usual. Two adults in our county have died from flu complications in the past several weeks. Getting a current flu shot is the best way to protect yourself and others. Adults should get a shot every year, since the flu vaccine changes to match the most common illnesses.
Vaccination is also the best protection against whooping cough. While not at epidemic levels, cases of whooping cough—also known as pertussis—are still occurring in Snohomish County. Pertussis spreads easily by coughing and sneezing. It can take up to 3 weeks for symptoms to appear, and the disease starts off like any cold, with a runny nose, sneezing, and a mild cough. Adults are often unaware they have pertussis and don’t seek treatment. As a result, family members and caregivers are a common cause of the illness in babies.
Pneumonia is a leading cause of vaccine-preventable illness and death in the United States. It is a disease that can infect the upper respiratory tract, potentially spreading to the blood, lungs, middle ear or nervous system. People who are 65 years and older or who smoke, have diabetes, asthma, chronic heart, lung, or liver diseases should receive a pneumococcal vaccine since they are at a higher risk of getting pneumonia.
If you have questions or need additional information about this event, please call the Snohomish Health District Immunization Clinic at 425-339-5220. Visit www.flu.gov for more information about the flu, and www.doh.wa.gov for statewide updates.
Snohomish Health District works for a safer and healthier community through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats. Incorporated in 1959, Snohomish Health District is separate from Snohomish County government, although it provides financial support and is an essential partner in many functions. To read more about Snohomish Health District and for important health information, visit www.snohd.org.