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No one invited it, but it’s back: Flu season.
Influenza, usually called flu, is highly contagious. Most people recover with rest and basic care – healthy food, plenty of fluids. However, the flu can be serious. Infants, older adults, pregnant women and people with underlying conditions are at higher risk of hospitalization or death. During the 2018-19 flu season, 26 people in Snohomish County died from the flu. Nearly all of them had underlying medical conditions.
Flu season is unpredictable. Typically, it starts in October and peaks between December and February.
The Snohomish Health District recommends getting your annual flu shot by the end of October. If you do feel sick, stay home to avoid spreading the illness. Be sure to always wash hands and surfaces thoroughly with soap and warm water. Cover sneezes or coughs with a tissue, and never cook or serve food when you are sick.
Flu season resources from the Snohomish Health District: