COVID-19 is still here, so we need to do all we can to protect ourselves, our loved ones, children, and those who are vulnerable.
"Two reasons make getting vaccinated against the flu the wise choice. First, it's been proven year after year that you're in better shape to fight off the flu if you get the vaccine. Second, by getting vaccinated against the flu, you help protect the people around you."
Dr. William Schaffner, medical director, National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
Find out where to get a flu shot near you.
With fewer COVID-19 restrictions, you may be traveling more during the holidays. We can ease the strain on our communities by protecting ourselves during flu season. Here are the facts:
Flu vaccinations are available at your doctor’s office, your local hospital, and most drug stores. Insurance usually covers the cost, and if you don’t have coverage, low-cost or free flu vaccines are often available.
For the past 50 years, hundreds of millions of Americans have received flu vaccines. Extensive research — observed over decades — proves the safety and effectiveness of flu vaccines, which is why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot annually.
It's the right thing to do.
As we’ve all seen over the past year and a half, staying healthy helps keep those around us from getting sick. Children, older adults, and those with chronic health conditions are at higher risk of contracting the flu. Being part of the solution — rather than the problem — helps keep everyone around you safe.
The flu is a potentially serious virus that can lead to grave illness — and sometimes even death. Of the millions of people who get the flu every year, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized, and thousands die. An annual flu shot is the best way to protect against the flu and avoid long nights in the emergency room.
The flu is preventable, and with COVID-19 still a major threat throughout California, your local hospital could use your help — by just keeping healthy. Staying out of the hospital helps ensure care will be available for your friends and neighbors and allows hospitals to devote more attention to those who need the greatest level of care.
IN THE NEWS
It’s flu shot time. Here’s how and why to get one
(LA Times) The majority of eligible Californians have received a COVID shot. But the vaccine fun isn’t over yet. That’s right: It’s time to get your flu shot.
(Patch.com) The number of local influenza cases continues to climb, San Diego County health officials said Wednesday, prompting another reminder to get vaccinated for the illness.
(Fontana Herald News) Getting your flu shot this year will be more important than ever, health experts advise, because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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