It's Flu Season

With the mild weather in Los Angeles County, fall may seem like summer all year long. This fall season, stay healthy while enjoying activities with family and friends. Here are some tips to fall into health.

Get Immunized to Help Fight the Flu This Season

What is Influenza?

Influenza, commonly called the "flu," is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. Symptoms of the flu include fever and headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and muscle aches.

Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones from the Flu

Avoid being seriously sick in bed and get immunized instead. The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu is by getting the annual flu immunization. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone 6 months of age and older be immunized against the flu every year.

You can get the flu immunization from your regular health care provider or local pharmacy. Flu immunization is also provided at no-cost or low-cost at community events, including:

Please call ahead to confirm times and availability.

It takes about two weeks for the body to develop full protection after receiving the flu immunization. Everyone is encouraged to get immunized as soon as possible to reduce their risk for getting the flu.

While anyone can get sick with the flu and become severely ill, some people are more likely to experience severe illness. Young children, adults aged 65 years and older, pregnant women, and people with certain chronic medical conditions are among those groups of people who are at high risk of serious flu complications, possibly requiring hospitalization and sometimes resulting in death.

Flu usually spreads from person-to-person through droplets from a sick personís cough or sneeze. It also can spread if you touch a surface or an object that has flu virus on it, like a doorknob or computer keyboard, and then touch your eyes, nose, or mouth before washing your hands or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

In addition to the flu immunization, practice good health habits such as hand washing and covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing helps prevent the spread of flu.

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