Now is a good time for everyone 6 months and older to get their annual flu vaccine! People who get vaccinated now will be protected throughout the flu season, which is typically October through May in Clark County.
Flu vaccination is safe and is the best way to prevent illness – not only for the person being vaccinated but also those around them. While most people with the flu do not need to seek medical care, symptoms can be severe, especially for people vulnerable to complications. Young children, pregnant people, people 65 and older and people with asthma, diabetes, heart disease and long-term health conditions are at greatest risk of complications.
In addition to getting vaccinated, people can take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs by washing their hands often with soap and water, avoiding touching their eyes, nose and mouth, covering their cough or sneezes, staying home when sick and avoiding close contact with sick people.
Flu vaccine is widely available at local medical offices and pharmacies. And it’s safe to get the flu vaccine at the same time as other vaccines, including new updated COVID-19 boosters. Search VaccineFinder.org for nearby vaccine locations. For more information on the flu vaccine, visit the CDC website.
The first case of monkeypox in Clark County was identified on Monday, July 25, 2022. Clark County Public Health interviews people who test positive and works with cases to identify and notify anyone they were in close contact with while contagious. Monkeypox is spread through close contact with an infected person who has symptoms.
To help stop the spread of monkeypox virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is distributing a limited amount of the vaccine JYNNEOS, which is approved to protect against smallpox and monkeypox. Washington State Department of Health received a limited supply of JYNNEOS. The state allocated some of the vaccine to Clark County Public Health to be administered in Southwest Washington.
Visit Public Health’s Monkeypox webpage to learn more about monkeypox and distribution of the vaccine in Southwest Washington.
Swim beach advisories
Public Health monitors water quality at designated swim beaches to determine if the water is safe for swimming and recreation. Routine water samples are collected from Vancouver Lake, Klineline Pond and Battle Ground Lake to test for bacterial contaminants. Water samples are also collected from waterbodies with harmful algal blooms to determine if toxins are present. Advisories are posted if water is unsafe for swimming and recreation. Visit the Current advisories webpage for the latest information.
Prepare for wildfire smoke
Breathing smoke from wildfires isn’t healthy for anyone. But some people, such as children, older adults, pregnant people and people with heart and lung conditions, are more likely to have health problems when the air quality isn’t good. Visit the Smoke from wildfires webpage to learn more about how wildfire impacts health, how to prepare for smoky days, and steps to take to protect your health when the air is smoky.
Free online workshops
The Composter Recycler program is offering a series of free online workshops for those interested in a sustainable lifestyle. The six-part series will teach participants how to reduce their impact on the planet through composting, waste reduction, and green living. Visit the Composter Recycler website for more information.
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