KHQ MD ALERT: Flu Hits Peak Levels In Washington - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

KHQ MD ALERT: Flu Hits Peak Levels In Washington

  • Also on KHQ.comMore>>

  • KHQMD

    KHQMD

    KHQMD - presented by Rockwood Clinic and Deaconess Medical Center - Your Health, Right Now>>
    KHQMD - presented by Rockwood Clinic and Deaconess Medical Center - Your Health, Right Now>>

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The flu has reached its peak, and 19 lab-confirmed flu deaths have been reported across the state since December. Only lab-confirmed flu deaths are reportable in the state, and many cases aren’t lab tested, so the actual toll of flu is likely higher.

“The flu can be a serious disease,” said Dr. Kathy Lofy, interim state health officer. “People of all ages can get very sick. Getting vaccinated is the best protection and can help people avoid severe illness, hospitalization, and even death.”

The virus is widespread in Washington. Most confirmed flu cases across the nation and in our state have been the 2009 H1N1 strain, which is covered by this season’s flu vaccine. A flu vaccination is recommended for everyone six months and older. It’s especially important for people at high risk for complications from flu, including young children, pregnant women, people 65 and older, and people with certain medical conditions — such as asthma, heart disease, diabetes, and neurologic conditions.

Nationally, estimates from November showed that less than 40 percent of the population had been vaccinated against flu, leaving a lot of people unprotected. To best protect people and communities from flu, 80 percent or more must be vaccinated — that’s the national goal.

The state health department produced a public service announcement and online ads with Washington families talking about why they get a flu shot and encouraging others to do so. The statewide flu prevention ads will run online, on the radio, and in social media through February. Radio ads will air on stations in the Seattle, Vancouver, Spokane, Yakima, and Tri-Cities areas.

Produced public service announcements and other flu resources and materials can be found on the Department of Health flu news Web pages.

If you haven’t gotten your flu vaccine, now is the time. It takes two weeks after vaccination to be protected. We expect flu to circulate in our state for several more weeks. Kids under nine years old may need two doses about a month apart. You can get vaccinated at many locations, including health care provider offices, pharmacies, and some local health agencies. Check the flu vaccine finder to find out where to get flu vaccine in your community.

Many people with flu have a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, and fatigue. Antiviral medication can help. It must be prescribed by a doctor and it works best if started within two days of getting sick. It’s especially important for persons at high risk for flu complications to start treatment right away.

The Washington State Department of Health buys flu vaccine for all kids through age 18. Kids can get the vaccine from their regular health care provider. Providers may charge an office visit fee and an administration fee to give the vaccine. People who can’t afford the administration fee can ask to have it waived.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Grant Co. Sheriff's Office: At least 3 dead, 8 injured in mass casualty crash south of George

    Thursday, May 25 2017 6:20 PM EDT2017-05-25 22:20:15 GMT

    GEORGE, Wash. - At least three people are dead in a mass casualty crash in Grant County and at least 8 other people are injured, some seriously. The crash happened around 5am Thursday morning at Adams Rd. South and Frenchman Hills Rd. which is just S. of Quincy and W. of Vantage, WA. Adams Road South will be closed at that intersection for most of the day.

    >>

    GEORGE, Wash. - At least three people are dead in a mass casualty crash in Grant County and at least 8 other people are injured, some seriously. The crash happened around 5am Thursday morning at Adams Rd. South and Frenchman Hills Rd. which is just S. of Quincy and W. of Vantage, WA. Adams Road South will be closed at that intersection for most of the day.

    >>
  • PHOTOS: 4.5 mile beer pipeline to deliver 400,000 liters of beer

    PHOTOS: 4.5 mile beer pipeline to deliver 400,000 liters of beer

    Thursday, May 25 2017 2:27 PM EDT2017-05-25 18:27:48 GMT

    KHQ.COM - We've heard of oil pipelines... but beer pipelines? Some metal music fans preparing for the "Wacken Open Air Festival," which happens to be the largest metal music festival in the world, are giving us an insiders look at just exactly what a beer pipeline looks like, how it's made and how it works. Festival organizers are installing an underground, 4.3 mile long pipeline to deliver approximately 400,000 liters of beer.

    >>

    KHQ.COM - We've heard of oil pipelines... but beer pipelines? Some metal music fans preparing for the "Wacken Open Air Festival," which happens to be the largest metal music festival in the world, are giving us an insiders look at just exactly what a beer pipeline looks like, how it's made and how it works. Festival organizers are installing an underground, 4.3 mile long pipeline to deliver approximately 400,000 liters of beer.

    >>
  • Wet spring brings black flies out in force in the Inland Northwest

    Wet spring brings black flies out in force in the Inland Northwest

    Thursday, May 25 2017 2:20 AM EDT2017-05-25 06:20:21 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Nothing beats being outside in this great weather right now, but this wet spring has brought a lot of pests. We’ve been talking about wasps and ticks, but black flies are coming out in force too. Jenny Zhang says she’s noticed black flies a lot more in her neighborhood. Her 2-year-old son Liam was bitten.  “Actually, when he got bit he thought it was a bumblebee and then he was afraid of them,” she says. The bites 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Nothing beats being outside in this great weather right now, but this wet spring has brought a lot of pests. We’ve been talking about wasps and ticks, but black flies are coming out in force too. Jenny Zhang says she’s noticed black flies a lot more in her neighborhood. Her 2-year-old son Liam was bitten.  “Actually, when he got bit he thought it was a bumblebee and then he was afraid of them,” she says. The bites 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Retired Coeur d'Alene teacher home, figuring out bill situation

    Retired Coeur d'Alene teacher home, figuring out bill situation

    Thursday, May 25 2017 9:51 PM EDT2017-05-26 01:51:30 GMT

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A retired Coeur d’Alene teacher is figuring out how to pay off her medical bills after she says she was stuck in a hospital in Mexico. Vikki Moormann is happy to be home. “I’ve spent a lot of time sleeping and trying to relax,” she says. That’s because two weeks ago, she was in Mexico on vacation when she had a medical emergency that landed her in the ICU. She says when she tried to leave, she was told she had 

    >>

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A retired Coeur d’Alene teacher is figuring out how to pay off her medical bills after she says she was stuck in a hospital in Mexico. Vikki Moormann is happy to be home. “I’ve spent a lot of time sleeping and trying to relax,” she says. That’s because two weeks ago, she was in Mexico on vacation when she had a medical emergency that landed her in the ICU. She says when she tried to leave, she was told she had 

    >>
  • Local artist transforms blank wall into something beautiful

    Local artist transforms blank wall into something beautiful

    Thursday, May 25 2017 9:37 PM EDT2017-05-26 01:37:42 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Artist Daniel Lopez is transforming a blank wall in west central into something beautiful. KHQ Local News Photojournalist Tim Blodgett spent the afternoon with Lopez as he worked on his latest project. If you'd like to see the mural in person it's in the West Central neighborhood at Boone and Cochran.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Artist Daniel Lopez is transforming a blank wall in west central into something beautiful. KHQ Local News Photojournalist Tim Blodgett spent the afternoon with Lopez as he worked on his latest project. If you'd like to see the mural in person it's in the West Central neighborhood at Boone and Cochran.

    >>
  • 'Fix it Fest': city makes fixing streets priority

    'Fix it Fest': city makes fixing streets priority

    Thursday, May 25 2017 9:29 PM EDT2017-05-26 01:29:51 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The city of Spokane is fixing its streets after they launched a $1 million program to repair the damages from the extreme wet weather the city has seen in the last six months. The program is called Fix-it-Fest and is aimed to help repair damaged arterials and potholes. Here are the areas the city has listed to fix: Planned Freya – Empire to Rowan  District 1  Grind & Overlay  Planned SE Blvd – Regal to 29th Ave. District 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The city of Spokane is fixing its streets after they launched a $1 million program to repair the damages from the extreme wet weather the city has seen in the last six months. The program is called Fix-it-Fest and is aimed to help repair damaged arterials and potholes. Here are the areas the city has listed to fix: Planned Freya – Empire to Rowan  District 1  Grind & Overlay  Planned SE Blvd – Regal to 29th Ave. District 

    >>