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Flu shots still available and advisable, says county health officer

Everett--- Want to avoid some misery? It’s not too late to fend off the flu with a quick shot of vaccine, according to the county’s top public health officer.

"We have plenty of flu vaccine left, and I encourage the community to take advantage of it," said M. Ward Hinds, MD, MPH, Health Officer for Snohomish Health District. "The flu season seems to be slower to arrive than in prior years, but flu cases are now occurring throughout the state." Dr. Hinds said that school absences from flu or flu-like symptoms are rising moderately, particularly in the south part of the county.

As of Jan. 23, 2001, Snohomish Health District had vaccinated 4,856 county residents since Oct. 1.

Flu shots are available at the Snohomish Health District Main Clinic by appointment on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Monday and Wednesday by appointment from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and walk-in from 1-5:30 p.m. The Main Clinic address is 3020 Rucker Ave., Suite 100, Everett. Call (425) 339-5220 to make appointments.

The District also operates a clinic in Lynnwood, at 6101 200 St, SW, Suite 100. The clinic offers flu vaccinations by appointment from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday; by appointment from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, and walk-in from 1-5:30 p.m. Call (425) 775-3522 to schedule an appointment.

Established in 1959, the Snohomish Health District works to improve the health of individuals, families and communities through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats.