Protecting Your Family From the Flu

The flu season is upon us, and protecting your family from this contagious disease is a wise decision, especially for groups at greater risk of complications including children younger than five and women who are pregnant or just had a baby.

Flu vaccines are now available, and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health encourages all residents to contact their health providers to get vaccinated. Vaccinations are also available countywide at supermarkets, pharmacies and community clinics for a low fee.

For families without health insurance or another source of healthcare, the Department of Public Health offers free flu vaccinations throughout the county. To find a public health flu clinic near you, please click here or call 2-1- 1.

Getting vaccinated is an effective way of keeping your family and children healthy throughout the fall and Holiday Season. According to the Department of Public Health, suffering from the effects of the flu can be miserable and harmful. The flu is a contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization and possible death depending on its severity.

Symptoms include fever, sore throat, cough, headache and muscle aches. It is recommended that anyone sixmonths and older should be vaccinated each year, except for those whose doctors recommend not being vaccinated due to certain medical conditions.

You and your child can also help reduce your chances from catching the flu by doing the following, according to the Department of Public Health:

  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when you cough or sneeze.
  • Don't touch your nose, mouth or eyes to prevent the spread of germs.
  • Stay home from work or school when sick.

For more information on how to protect your family from the flu, please click here.

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