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November 22, 2022
Significant stress on the healthcare system is a continuing issue locally and regionally, particularly for pediatric care. The flu season is ramping up quickly. Initial indicators are that positivity rate for influenza testing in Snohomish County has gone from under 15% in early November to potentially 45% or higher in the last week. The Snohomish County Influenza Surveillance Report for the week ending November 12 is available here. Data for the most recent week is not yet final.
We expect to see COVID-19 incidence increase in the near future, as well.
Multiple medications have been reported to be in short supply during this surge in illnesses. The Snohomish Health District has received reports of shortages in the following, though this is likely not an exhaustive list of medications that may be hard to find at this time:
Though some medications are not readily available, please note that there is no shortage of vaccine. It is important for all eligible individuals to receive influenza and COVID vaccinations as soon as possible for their own safety, the safety of the community, and to mitigate the impact on the healthcare system.
As noted in the attached advisory from the Washington State Department of Health, the Washington State Childhood Vaccine Program (CVP) has plenty of pediatric flu vaccine available to order. Flu vaccine can be ordered at any time throughout the season and as frequently as needed. Please place your flu order in the IIS as you need it and ensure you have enough stock on hand by ordering again before you run out of supply. It can take up to a week to receive vaccine; order early if your supplies are running low.