By Thomas Cazneau
It’s that time of year again. Have you gotten your flu shot? Did you know that each year, an average of three to five million catch the flu and a quarter to half million die from it worldwide? The Center of Disease Control and Kaiser Permanente strongly recommend getting a flu vaccine every year. Below is information about why getting an annual flu shot is so important and how you would go about getting immunized for free through a seasonal Kaiser Permanente flu clinic.
What is the flu?
The flu (also known as Influenza) is a disease that can be transmitted by direct contact with bird droppings or nasal secretions, as well as through contact with contaminated surfaces. Typically, the flu spreads through the air by coughs and sneezes. Common flu symptoms include the following:
- Sore throat
- Muscle pains
- Weakness or fatigue
Why getting a flu shot is important?
Although the flu resembles the common cold, the flu can result in fatal consequences if left untreated. This is especially important to note for people who are age 65 or over, pregnant women, and children who are at least 6 months. To find out who should and shouldn’t get a flu vaccine, go to: http://www.kaiserquotes.com/flu.
Why is there an annual flu vaccine?
Getting an annual flu vaccine is important because the vaccine is created to be year-specific. This means that the immunization given is specifically created to protect against the type of flu that’s expected to spread for a given year.
Getting Immunized at Kaiser Permanente
Below are the steps to getting immunized at Kaiser Permanente:
- Become a Kaiser Permanente member
The first step to getting a Kaiser Permanente flu shot is to become a member. The process of becoming a member involves getting a quote, choosing a plan, and applying for a plan. Once the application is approved, a member can receive free immunizations as part of their membership.
- Find a Kaiser Permanente Flu Clinic
Kaiser Permanente opens up seasonal flu clinics at select Kaiser Permanente locations and facilities. To find participating locations close to you, call 1-800-KP-11-Flu or click on Kaiser Permanente Flu Clinic.
- Get a Flu Vaccine
The process of getting a flu vaccine looks different between Kaiser Permanente facilities. Oftentimes, they will organize a section of a parking lot and have members drive into a section that will allow trained nurses to administer flu shots. No matter what the process, Kaiser Permanente is very quick and efficient in making sure you get immunized.
Kaiser Permanente Flu Clinics are in operation from September 29 through November 16. Call 1-800-KP-11-Flu to make your Kaiser Permanente flu shot appointment today.
Posted: November 6th, 2012 under Associate Blogs, General Interest, Health Insurance, Preventive Care, Thomas Cazneau.