Doctors Express to give free flu shots for Thanksgiving
Local doctors want to keep Everett area families healthy this Thanksgiving holiday so they’re giving free flu shots Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week (Nov. 19, 20, and 21 – while supplies last).
Physicians at Doctors Express’ new high-tech, high-touch urgent care center in Everett, want to say thanks to the community by giving away free flu shots to keep families healthy and happy this holiday season.
More than half of all Americans will not get vaccinated against the flu. Local docs and the Centers for Disease Control urge families to get vaccinated to prevent a flu outbreak.
“People here in Everett and throughout the country are especially lax this year and don’t take the flu seriously because last year’s flu season was so mild,” says Dr. Dhirendra Kumar of the local Doctors Express urgent care center. “So we’re incenting families by giving the shot away for free. No appointment needed. Just come on in.”
Free flu shots
WHO: Doctors Express Urgent Care Center in Everett
WHAT: Free Flu Shots to anyone 4-years-old or older (while supplies last). Walk-ins welcome. No appointments needed.
WHERE: Doctors Express at Everett Mall Way 607 SE Everett Mall Way, Ste. 2, Everett WA 98208
WHEN: Monday – Wednesday (from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Nov. 19, 20 and 21, while supplies last)
Flu fast facts
• The U.S. flu season can run from October through May.
• Typically 1 in 5 Americans gets the flu each year with peak seasons in January, February and March.
• Flu related illnesses cause some 200,000 hospitalizations each year.
• 90 percent of flu related deaths are people age 65 or older.
• The past two years, on average, 42 percent of Americans were vaccinated against the flu – more than half do not typically get the flu shot.
• Even if you do get vaccinated, you still need to fight the flu.
Fight the flu
• Bring your own pen – to the bank, the grocery store, even to touch the ATM. Anything a sick person touches can get infested with germs, including money, mail, ATM keypads, elevator buttons, etc.
• Use paper – replace hand towels in bathrooms with paper towels. While not as “pretty,” paper towels can help get rid of a ton of germs that live in damp towels.
• Wash hands – use soap, warm water and rinse long enough to say the alphabet or sing “Happy Birthday.” Recent studies show plain soap and water works just as well, if not better than antibacterial soaps.
• Use a proper hand sanitizer – (at least 60 percent alcohol) anytime you touch anything someone else might have touched. Make sure you use sanitizer, even under finger nails, where germs hide.
• Clean with disinfectant - viruses and bacteria can live up to two hours or longer on doorknobs, toys, TV remote controls, keyboards, mouse pads, refrigerator handles, counter tops, railings, faucets, bathroom floors and more.
(Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services, Infectious Disease Foundation.)
-Edited by Beacon staff