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Associated Press

The Centers for Disease Control and University of Washington experts are reminding pregnant women to get a flu shot.

Dr. Anna Panighetti is an OB-GYN with UW Medicine. She says even though some women might have concerns about getting vaccines during pregnancy,  the data shows that the flu shots are beneficial for women and their babies.

"Some of the antibodies that they develop, will pass to the baby,” Panighetti said. “And looks like it gives the baby a little bit of protection from the flu virus."

Indiana Public Media

Flu shots are now available at many clinics, drugstores, and supermarkets. And Lane County officials are urging people to get their shots sooner than later.

The flu is a reliable epidemic, usually hitting in late October or November every year. Medical practitioners say since it takes two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop, getting a flu shot earlier provides immunity once the season is underway.

Flu Death Leads To Reminder About Flu Shot

Sep 20, 2016
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A man in his 50's recently died from the flu virus in Spokane County. This has prompted the Washington Department of Health to remind people that a flu shot is still the best protection against the flu virus.

Canine Influenza Confirmed In Washington

Jan 26, 2016
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The Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (WADDL) has confirmed that two dogs are infected with the H3N2 virus, one of two types of influenza A virus that can infect dogs. The other is H3N8. Both cause an upper respiratory illness that is similar to other bacteria and cold viruses and include mild to moderate cold or flu-like symptoms.

Though H3N2 is highly contagious between canines, most dogs will recover successfully in a week to 10 days.

The latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show Washington, Oregon and Idaho are among 25 states now facing widespread cases of the flu.

Tennessee Department of Health website

We're into the flu season in the Pacific Northwest, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Flu Season Hangs On In NW, As Seen In Your Web Searches

Apr 10, 2012
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OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Flu season is hanging on longer than usual in parts of the Northwest say health officials. That’s shown in cases of the flu and also via web searches. Google queries for terms like “muscle aches,” ”flu symptoms” and “thermometer” are being used to track where flu is hitting now.

Washington State University

With a good six weeks of winter left, flu vaccines are still in demand. While many see the benefits of vaccines, others are less sure. Dr. E. Kirsten Peters, the Rock Doc, weighs in on the efficacy and safety of a prominent feature of life in the 21st century.