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House Call: A friendly reminder about shots and flu season

As Spokane continues to embrace new ways of living, working and socializing, there are seasonal reminders that keep us anchored in familiar things like back to school and, of course, flu season. As we navigate daily life through the lens of recent changes, there’s comfort in knowing some things stay consistent.

Why free flu shots actually cost us down the road

In the byzantine world of health care pricing, most people wouldn’t expect that the ubiquitous flu shot could be a prime example of how the system’s lack of transparency can lead to disparate costs. The Affordable Care Act requires health insurers to cover all federally recommended vaccines at no charge to patients, including flu immunizations.

One flu death reported in Spokane County

A woman’s death from the flu this week is the first in Spokane County this year, according to Spokane Regional Health District. She was in her 70s and had an underlying illnesses.

CDC approves nasal-spray vaccine for flu season

After advising the public to avoid the nasal-spray version of the flu vaccine for the past two years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now giving it the green light.

Flu vaccine about 36 percent effective

This season’s flu vaccine is about 36 percent effective, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in preliminary data published Thursday.