Along with those crisp fall days, flu season is coming, and the first and most important step in preventing the spread of flu is to get a vaccine each year.
The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health will present two free flu vaccine clinics in the City of Santa Clarita, with shots provided at no charge for those who don’t have health insurance or those whose healthcare providers do not offer flu vaccines. Clinics will be provided on: Thursday, October 18, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Canyon Country Community Center (18792 Flying Tiger Drive), and Monday, October 22, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Newhall Community Center (22421 Market Street). As clinic dates and times are subject to change, please call (661) 287-7040 to confirm clinic times before you arrive.
Flu vaccines are for everyone six months and older, especially for healthcare workers, at-home caregivers, pregnant women, new mothers, elderly people, children under five and those with chronic medical conditions. The flu vaccine has been shown to reduce flu-related illnesses and the risk of serious secondary infections that can result in hospitalization or even death. The flu can cause mild to severe symptoms and complications, and infections can come on suddenly.
The single best way to prevent the seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits can help stop the spread of germs and prevent the flu.
Call your health care provider before getting vaccinated if you have questions about a severe egg allergy or if you have another illness before the vaccine clinic.
If you don’t have a regular provider, call 2-1-1 for a list of no-cost or low-cost providers.