Flu vaccines are available at the following locations:
- Call your MultiCare provider directly to schedule an appointment. Find your MultiCare Clinic.
- Mary Bridge Mobile Immunization Clinic
- MultiCare Immunization Clinic at South Hill Mall
- MultiCare Express Clinics in Lakewood and Tacoma (flu vaccines only available for those 19 years old and older at these locations.)
*Availability may vary by clinic, based on demand. To ensure availability of the type of vaccine you wish to receive, check with the location you plan to visit in advance.
Get a Flu Vaccine Every Flu Season
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people should get vaccinated every year for two reasons. The first reason is that because flu viruses are constantly changing, flu vaccines may be updated from one season to the next to protect against the most recent and most commonly circulating viruses.
The second reason that yearly vaccination is recommended is that a person's immune protection from vaccination declines over time so annual vaccination is needed for optimal protection. So, yearly vaccination is recommended even for those who received the vaccine during the previous season.
While flu activity usually peaks in January or February, the flu itself is unpredictable. And although there are many different flu viruses, the yearly flu vaccine protects against the viruses that research suggests will be most common that flu season.
Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine each flu season. It's especially important that the following groups get vaccinated, either because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications:
- Pregnant women
- Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
- People 50 years of age and older
- People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
- People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:
- Health care workers
- Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
- Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)
For a complete list of all people recommended for flu vaccination, as well as those who are not recommended for flu vaccination, visit Who Should Get Vaccinated.
Keeping our MultiCare Hospitals Influenza Free
In preparation for the flu/respiratory season, MultiCare Health System will be implementing a proactive approach to keep our patients safe at all of our hospital facilities.
To limit the spread of contagious illnesses, anyone who has any of the symptoms listed below should not visit any patient care areas:
- Fever above 100.4 degrees
- Sore throat
- Muscle aches or extreme fatigue
- Vomiting, nausea or diarrhea
Young children are especially likely to get sick from the flu and other illnesses, and though it may take several days for them to show symptoms, they can easily pass the virus to others, including our most vulnerable patients. With this in mind, during the 2013/14 season, the following guidelines will be implemented to protect our pediatric and newborn patients, in addition to the unit’s current established visitor guidelines:
Beginning December 15 (possibly sooner if there is an earlier onset of flu in the community)
- Daily wellness screening will be done for family and visitors entering our OB, Pediatric and High Risk Nursery areas (NICU, ICN, SCN).
- Family and visitors who have symptoms of illness will be asked not to visit.
- In the NICU, ICN, SCN, children under age 14 will be asked not to visit.
The most effective way to protect our most vulnerable patients is to limit the total number of visitors coming and going from the unit and to ensure that these individuals are free of symptoms that could represent a communicable infection.
Thank you for your assistance in keeping our patients, visitors and staff healthy and safe.