Flu is Serious Business for Seniors—Get Vaccinated!

Click on the map to find flu and other vaccine sites throughout King County, based on your zip code.

Anyone can be infected with influenza, but seniors—adults 65 years and older—are at highest risk for serious influenza infections. Ninety percent of flu-related deaths and more than half of flu-related hospitalizations occur in people age 65 and older.   

Fortunately, flu vaccine is available and can reduce your risk of getting sick. Seniors have two options for vaccination—the regular dose flu shot and the higher-dose flu shot designed specifically for people 65 and older.

Both vaccines protect against the same three flu viruses. The higher-dose vaccine results in a stronger immune response and may provide increased protection against significant influenza illness.  A flu vaccine which provides protection against four flu viruses (called quadravalent vaccine) is also available this year, and is a good option for seniors.  

Flu vaccine is available at many healthcare provider offices and pharmacies. Medicare will cover the cost of annual flu vaccination. Visit the HealthMap Vaccine Finder to help find locations.

If you develop flu-like symptoms, contact your health care provider immediately. Since you are at high risk for flu-related complications, your health care provider may prescribe antiviral medications to help make your symptoms less severe and make you feel better faster.

For more information, visit www.kingcounty.gov/health/flu.

Public Health—Seattle & King County tracks and prevents disease and other threats; regulates dangerous environmental and workplace exposures; ensures the safety of water, air, and food; leads efforts to promote health and prevent chronic conditions and injuries; and helps assure access to high quality health care for all. For more information, visit www.kingcounty.gov/services/health.