Signs & Treatment of Colds, Flu & Pneumonia

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Did You Know?

  • In the United States, approximately 20,000 people die every year from the flu,and 50,000 die from pneumonia.
  • Most people who get the flu will recover in less than 2 weeks. For others, flu complications (such as pneumonia) can result in hospitalizations and death.
  • Pneumonia is often the final illness in people who have other serious, chronic diseases.

Learn the symptoms, warning signs and prevention of colds and flu in this Caregiver Alert by the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA).

Adult Immunization Standards

Together, DSHS and the Department of Health are reminding everyone about the importance of resident and staff immunization to minimize flu and pneumonia outbreaks.

This letter provides information regarding standards for adult immunization, resources to help prepare for heightened flu activity, and who to contact if you suspect any communicable disease outbreak.

Department of Health Flu Update

The Department of Health offers regular updates on flu activity in Washington.  You can find flu clinics near you with the Flu Vaccine Finder.


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