Locally, un- and underinsured listeners can obtain free flu shots (it’s not too late!) through the King County Health Department at a number of locations. The Pierce County Health Department reports that local pharmacy chain Bartell Drugs offers low-cost/free flu immunizations for low-income individuals at many of their locations. Listeners around the US can find pharmacies, clinics, and hospitals that are currently offering all sorts of vaccinations, including flu, dtap, meningitis, HPV, and more by using HealthMap’s Vaccine Finder. Finally, The US Dept. of Health and Human Services Vaccines.gov website has great information about adult vaccinations and boosters, getting help paying for vaccines, and clarifying vaccine misconceptions.
Remember, even if you aren’t typically affected severely by illnesses, herd immunity is important in protecting the most vulnerable among us. Children around our state and across the nation aren’t being vaccinated because of parents’ religious beliefs and personal objections. Our immunity helps minimize epidemics in our community!