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Flu vaccines are here
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The flu vaccine is available from many health care providers in our state. 

Everyone six months of age and older is urged to get a flu shot. The shot is especially important for young children, people 65 and older, pregnant women, parents of newborns and people with various medical conditions. 

There is a variety of types of flu vaccines available. There is a high-dose vaccine available for people 65 and older. Ages 2-49 can get a nasal spray vaccine. There is also a vaccine that has a much smaller needle than regular flu shots. 

This season's flu shot covers three different strains of the flu virus. 

Taking simple precautions such as washing your hands, covering your cough and staying home when you're sick can help keep not only th flu away, but whooping cough as well. 

The Department of Health has bought more than 721,000 doses of flu vaccine for children. The flu vaccine, as well as the whooping cough vaccine, are free for children in Washington up through the age of 18. 

The Department of Health also bought the Tdap vaccine for uninsured and underinsured adults. 

People who can't afford the office visit fee and administrative fee can ask to have it waived. To find a health care provider or immunization clinic, contact  the Family Health Hotline at 1-800-322-288 or click here for more information. 

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