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H1N1 vaccine widely available

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H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine is widely available -- more than 2 million doses have been shipped to Washington. Vaccine is available at pharmacies and medical offices to anyone who wants it.

The Klickitat County Public Health Department offices also have the influenza vaccine. Anyone desiring protection against this virus can contact the health department at 493-1558 or 773-4565 to schedule an appointment.

There is no charge for the shot at the health department

"Now that more vaccine is available, it's the perfect time to protect yourself and your family. I got my own vaccination Dec. 22 when access was expanded," says Secretary of Health Mary Selecky. "Flu activity in our state has dropped, but some H1N1 disease is still circulating. Flu viruses are always unpredictable and we don't know what will happen next."

Vaccination is the best protection against H1N1 and seasonal flu. Everyone can benefit from a flu shot; however, it's crucial for many people at high risk for complications. This includes children and young adults, pregnant women, and anyone with a chronic medical condition.

Washing your hands, coughing and sneezing into your sleeve, and staying home when you're sick are also important ways to stay healthy this flu season.

National Influenza Vaccination Week started Sunday, Jan. 10 -- highlighting the importance of people getting vaccinated even this time of the flu season. It's a reminder that vaccination is a quick and easy way to stay healthy.


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