Influenza - Flu Vaccination
What is the Flu?
Influenza (flu) is a seasonal disease that can cause mild to severe illness. Most experts think flu viruses are spread mainly by droplets when people with flu cough, sneeze, or talk. Less often, a person might also get the flu by touching a surface or object that has the flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose. People can spread the flu even if they don't know they’re sick. The flu can be more serious for some people, including young children, pregnant women, older people, people with certain health conditions, and smokers. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.
How to Avoid the Flu?
It is recommended that you get a flu shot vaccine every year to prevent contracting the disease. Your primary care doctor and local pharmacy should be able to administer flu vaccines, though a complete list of flu vaccination locations can be found by using the Oregon Health Authority's (OAH) Flu Vaccine Finder or by calling 211 (211info.org). Flu vaccination is free with insurance, though some providers may charge an administration fee. The flu vaccine is recommended for people 6 months and older. Check with a medical provider to see which vaccine is right for you. More information can be found on the OAH Flu Prevention webpage.