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Help fight the flu in Seattle

The flu is awful to have and easy to spread—but you can do something about it. Join the Seattle Flu Study in our effort to fight the flu in our community. Together, we can find new ways to detect, prevent, and treat the disease. And we can make Seattle a model for how to monitor and respond to flu outbreaks. Anyone who lives in Seattle may be eligible to participate in one of our studies. The more people who join the Seattle Flu Study, the faster we can stop the spread of flu.

Why We're Studying the Flu

Today, up to 80,000 people in the United States die from the flu each year, and more than 30 million people get sick and suffer. We know that the flu is spread from person to person, and we know that it causes outbreaks every year. What we don’t know is exactly how it moves through communities, and why certain flu strains are stronger and more dangerous than others. We’re on a mission to change that.

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Only 10%–20% of people with flu-like symptoms actually have the influenza virus. Others have colds or other illnesses, which means antiviral medications won’t shorten the duration of their illness. Our study aims to ensure that people get the right information at the right time to make the right choices for their health.

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Flu in Seattle

In addition to providing participants with information about their own health, each sample the Seattle Flu Study collects helps increase understanding of how flu viruses and other pathogens are impacting our community. During 2019-2020 flu season, we are mapping how the flu moves through different areas of Seattle and how common flu infections are as compared to other respiratory infections.

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How You Can Help

By joining one of our studies, you can help us find better ways to prevent and treat the flu in Seattle. We have options for families and students, for those who are healthy and for those who think they may be sick now. Here’s how it works:

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Join the Seattle Flu Study!

Answer a few questions to find out if you qualify for one of our flu studies. If not, you’ll be invited to join our email list to stay informed about our research and the spread of the flu in Seattle.


If you qualify for a study, we’ll ask about your general health and request your ZIP code

Geography matters because we are mapping where the flu is in Seattle.


You’ll provide a quick swab from your nose

Sharing this sample allows us to understand the way that the flu spreads and changes during flu season.


You're done!

Feel better soon, and please invite friends, family, and co-workers to join our effort to fight the flu.

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Help us track the flu in Seattle. We need you.