MOSES LAKE - The Grant County Health District says flu season has arrived in Grant County, with the Mattawa area significantly impacted so far.
The health district has received more than 80 reports of influenza B cases in school age children, many in the Mattawa area.
The health district is recommending all residents six months and older to get a flu shot as soon as possible.
“Flu activity typically increases in the winter months when people spend more time indoors around each other,” health district officials stated. “People who haven’t been vaccinated against the flu still have time to get the vaccine before the season reaches its peak.
Children six months through eight years of age may need two doses of the vaccine, including children getting vaccinated for the first time, who have only previously received one dose in the past.
Flu vaccines are available at various locations in Grant County, including health care provider offices and pharmacies. People can also find a clinic by calling the Family Health Hotline at 1-800-322-2588 or the health district at 509-766-7960.
People with the flu can spread the virus before symptoms appear and up to five days after symptoms begin, according to the health district.
One flu-related death has been reported in the state this flu season – an elderly man in Franklin County, according to the state Department of Health. During the 2018-19 flu season, 245 lab-confirmed flu deaths were reported in Washington.