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:
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:
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.