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Drive-thru flu vaccinations available at Snoqualmie Valley Hospital

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), thousands of people die each year from influenza and even more require hospitalization. The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older should receive a flu vaccine.Snoqualmie Valley Hospital District will offer drive-thru flu shots on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the hospital campus near the intersection of Meadowbrook Way and North Bend Way for anyone ages 12 and older. Children under 12 may receive their flu shots at Snoqualmie Ridge Medical Clinic.

“Influenza is a serious respiratory disease that kills an average of 36,000 persons and hospitalizes more than 200,000 persons in the U.S. each year,” Alison Gabel, Occupational Health Coordinator for Snoqualmie Valley Hospital District, said. “The frail and elderly are particularly vulnerable to complications, including death, from influenza.”

Most cases of the flu occur between October and May. Flu symptoms include fever, chills, body aches, headaches, cough and sore or dry throat. While symptoms are the worst the first few days, it can take up to two weeks to feel completely better. In some cases, the flu can lead to other bacterial infections and even death; this is especially true for the elderly and those with chronic illnesses.

By getting the flu vaccine, you can protect yourself and may also avoid spreading it to others who are at higher risk. This year’s seasonal vaccines will provide protection against the three virus strains that global surveillance indicates are likely to be the most common this year. Flu shots last for only one year.

Drive-thru flu shots are fast, convenient and there is no need to leave your car. Cost is $30 cash, or the district will bill Medicare, Medicaid or Affordable Access. For other insurance plans, they will provide a receipt for you to send to your insurance provider.

“No appointment is necessary,” Gabel said. “We’ll be ready for you, rain or shine, and you can stay warm and comfortable in your own car.”

Help protect your family and community by getting your flu shot on Oct. 6 at Snoqualmie Valley Hospital, 9575 Ethan Wade Way SE in Snoqualmie. Vaccines will also be provided in our hospital and clinics during the flu season. If you have any questions, please call the Primary Care Clinic at 425-831-2333. For more information about the flu vaccine, visit www.SVHD4.org.

 

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