Flu Shots at CHC

flu-shot Flu Season is Here,
and Community Health Centers (CHC) has Flu shots available at our clinic locations.  CHC patients can quickly receive their flu vaccines which are available at all of our clinics.  Call the CHC clinic location nearest you or our Appointment Line at 866-614-INFO for more information.

This year's flu shot is an all-in-one vaccine, protecting against seasonal flu.  Even if you received the vaccine last year, you must get it again this year to be protected.  Because the flu virus continually changes, new vaccines must be developed each year.  Most people only need one shot; however, children under 9 may need two doses of vaccine, depending on their vaccination history.

Who should get a flu shot
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that everyone older than 6 months of age get the vaccine this year to protect against the flu.

Other groups who should get the vaccine include:

  • Family members, household contacts, health care workers and out-of-home care providers of children younger than 5
  • People over 65, pregnant women and those with asthma, diabetes, neurological disorders and heart and lung disease - all of whom are at high risk for flu complications

Some people should not be vaccinated without first consulting a health care provider:

  • People who have a severe allergy to chicken eggs
  • People who have had a severe reaction to flu vaccine in the past
  • People who developed Guillian-Barre syndrome (GBS) within six weeks of getting a flu vaccine previously
  • Children less than 6 months of age
  • People with moderate or severe illness with a fever. Wait until symptoms lessen before getting vaccinated.

Protect yourself from the flu
In addition to getting a flu shot, you can protect yourself from the flu by:

  • Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth, which spreads germs.
  • Trying to avoid close contact with sick people.

If you do feel ill, stay home. If you have a fever, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone. Limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.

 

I want to know more...

For more information on this flu season, please check the pages below from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):

http://www.cdph.ca.gov/HealthInfo/discond/Pages/Influenza(Flu).aspx

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2011-2012.htm