Get Ready for Flu Season
Posted on Sep 24, 2013 | 2 comments
Every year 5 to 20 percent of Americans get the flu, and more than 200,000 end up in hospital due to flu complications, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). To stay healthy, the CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older receives a flu vaccine.
“The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones against the flu is to get vaccinated each year,” says Charles Weiss, M.D., MPH, head of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Flu and Infectious Diseases Committees. “Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and pass it on to others.”
Pregnant women, young children, the elderly and people with certain chronic medical conditions are particularly at risk, he says. “If you are in one of these groups, getting a flu vaccination is even more critical.”
At PAMF, we’re offering several ways to get the flu vaccine:
- Weekend Flu Express clinics on September 29 and October 27 at many locations
- Weekday drop-in clinics at selected locations, beginning October 1
- In your doctor’s office, at scheduled appointments for other reasons
Visit PAMF’s 2013 flu website for our vaccine clinic schedule and to learn more about this flu season and how to stay healthy.
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