Flu season is just around the corner, and it is important that Pasadenans and our neighbors throughout the San Gabriel Valley and surrounding communities take steps to guard against the flu, especially as we continue to battle COVID-19.
According to the CDC, seasonal flu is associated with large numbers of hospitalizations. These estimates of flu-related hospitalizations highlight flu’s potential severity, and that being sick with flu can also make some health conditions worse (such as lung disease) or lead to other complications that require hospitalization. Flu vaccination is the first and best way to prevent flu and its serious complications. Everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated against flu yearly, particularly people at increased risk for serious complications including young children, adults 65 years and older, and people with certain chronic medical conditions.
“Throughout COVID-19, we learned to adopt infection prevention measures to help limit the spread of COVID, and in doing so, these measures also limited the spread of the seasonal flu,” said Kimberly Shriner, MD, medical director of infection prevention and control, Huntington Health. “Now that many of these protective tactics have been removed (though still encouraged), the impact of the flu could be particularly severe this year. Please consider getting your annual flu shot at one of our community clinics or at your local pharmacy, and encourage your loved ones to as well. Thank you for keeping our community healthy.”
Huntington Health is pleased to offer free flu shots at various locations throughout Altadena, Pasadena, San Marino and South Pasadena in the coming months. Flu vaccine requirements:
• At least 18-years-old, or giving consent for your child, ages 9-17 years
• No allergy to eggs or the influenza vaccine
• No history of Guillain-Barré syndrome
• Do not have a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection
• Do not have any COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms.
There is a limited supply of vaccines for each clinic. All sites listed are open to the public. No reservations or appointments are needed and insurance isn’t required. Standard dose will be provided, not the high dose, which is recommended for persons 65+.
For a listing of free flu clinics and for more information about the flu, please go to: www.huntingtonhealth.org/flu.
About Huntington Health
Huntington Health, www.huntingtonhealth.org, an affiliate of Cedars-Sinai, offers the full spectrum of care for every need: Whether at our hospital, urgent care, ambulatory surgery center, cancer center or doctor’s office, we’re here to care for the physical, mental and social well-being of every person. Huntington Health is home to the largest emergency department and only level-II trauma center in the San Gabriel Valley. And our Family Birth Center and level-III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) give babies the safest start to life. Learn more about us on social media: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
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