Well, the bad news is that the flu in Washington State has reached HIGH volume.  That means that we have high flu activity in our region and are at risk for getting the flu!

The good news is that there are ways to lessen the chances and stay healthy!  

A few ways:

CDC recommends three actions to fight flu

The first and most important step is to get a flu vaccination each year.

If you get sick with flu, take prescription antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them. Early treatment is especially important for the elderly, the very young, people with certain chronic health conditions, and pregnant women.
Take everyday preventive actions that may slow the spread of germs that cause respiratory (nose, throat, and lungs) illnesses, like flu. This flyer contains information about everyday preventive actions.

Flu causes more hospitalizations among young children than any other vaccine-preventable disease. The single best way to protect against seasonal flu and its potential severe complications is for children to get a seasonal influenza vaccine each year. You can help stop the flu by taking EVERYDAY PREVENTATIVE PRECAUTIONS.

What are everyday preventive actions?

-Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
-If you or your child gets sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you (or your child) stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. The fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
-While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
-Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. After using a tissue, throw it in the trash and wash your hands.
-Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
-Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs that can cause respiratory illnesses like flu.
-If an outbreak of flu or another illness occurs, follow public health advice. This may include information about how to increase distance between people and other measures.