OLYMPIA, Wash. - There's no shortage of flu shots this year, and Washington State Health Department leaders are making sure we get enough.
There are flu clinics across the Tri-Cities and Yakima Valley, and this year you'll be able to get one right away. The state health department has ordered a record number of doses, 355,000.
Right now, experts say flu vaccination rates in Washington are very low. Less than 23% of children get a flu shot, 72% of adults over 65 get one. Those are the two most vulnerable age groups.
It's recommended you get a flu shot, no matter what your age or medical condition. Health leaders gathered in Yakima Tuesday to discuss health issues like the flu.
Mary Selecky, state Dept. of Health Secretary, says, "Flu shots are more available across the country. 130 million doses are going to be available. We don't expect a shortage, and we want people to be healthy all winter long, here in Yakima and across the state of Washington."
The Family Healthy Hotline can help you find a flu shot clinic near you. Call 1-800-322-2588. Or log on to the American Lung Association's Flu Shot Locator.