Have you got your flu shot yet? I have.
Flu season is in full swing, and Public Health is tracking widespread cases of the flu in Oregon. I encourage all of you to take the necessary steps to protect your own health and the health of your families, coworkers and the people we serve.
First, make sure you're washing your hands with soap and water often. If that's not an option, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. It's so simple and effective to keep you and others healthy.
Second, get a flu shot and encourage those around you to do the same. Most cases of the flu are spread by young, healthy, unvaccinated children and adults. Vaccination is crucial for flu prevention.
Everyone older than 6 months of age should get a flu shot. Vaccination is especially important for children, older adults, pregnant women, health care workers and people with chronic health conditions.
PEBB is hosting a no-cost flu shot clinic for PEBB members Friday, Jan. 31, at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building in Salem. If you can't make it, go to the PEBB website for more information about flu shot clinics and vaccination coverage.
People who aren't PEBB members who want to get a flu shot can use the vaccine finder at www.flu.oregon.gov, or call 211.
And finally, if you do get sick, please stay home so you don't share the flu with anyone else.
Our vision for a healthy Oregon starts with us. This flu season, let's all do our part to stop the spread of illness and stay well.