PORTLAND -- Medical clinics across the Portland and Vancouver Metro areas have been busy all week, with lines of patients waiting for flu shots.
KGW visited one Kaiser clinic where many patients said they can't afford to get sick and miss work. Not to mention, this year's flu is downright miserable, with symptoms including vomiting, fever, aches and pains.
“I think it is better safe than sorry, because once you get sick, it is hard to shake it," said Mary Ashford, who was standing in line to get a flu shot.
Several people have already died this flu season in Oregon and hundreds have been hospitalized.
Doctors recommended that anyone over the age of 6 months old get a seasonal flu shot. They said the vaccine is not a living virus, so it won't make people sick.
“My advice would be to strongly consider getting the flu shot, because there's very little downside to getting the flu shot except for a sore arm for a few days,” said Dr. Richard Jenkins, with Kaiser Permanente. “The upside is, if you don't get the flu, you don't get the flu."
Most of the flu cases diagnosed in Oregon have been the H1N1 strain. In 2009, H1N1 caused a flu pandemic. Initially, there was a shortage of the vaccine.
This year's flu shot will help prevent the spread of H1N1 and there appears to be plenty of vaccines available.
Community immunization clinics have been scheduled in several counties. Click on a link below to find out more information about that location: