|Get a free flu shot through your health plan.|
|Kaiser Permanente Members||United Healthcare (City Plan) Members||Blue Shield of California Members|
|Go to any KP medical facility for a free shot. Visit kp.org/flu or call 800-573-5811 for times and locations.||
Flu shots are covered 100% from an in-network physi- cian, or at one of the retail pharmacies and Convenience Care Clinics below. Show your medical ID card:
Get a flu shot from a Primary Care Physician (PCP) at no co-pay cost. Contact your PCP to schedule. Or your medical group may offer reimbursement for flu shots received at a clinic or pharmacy.
Call for details: Brown & Toland: 1-800-225-5637
Hill Physicians: 1-800-445-5747
Chinese Community Health Care Association: 415-834-2118
John Muir Health: 925-952-2887
Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get seasonal flu and spread it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community. You can protect people who are at greater risk of getting seriously ill from the flu. The flu shot may also make your illness milder if you do get sick. (http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm)
A flu vaccination takes about 2 weeks to become fully effective.
Everyone 6 months and older is recommended for annual flu vaccination with rare exception. It is especially important for children younger than 5, people 65 years and older, pregnant women, and those with conditions like asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung diseases because they are at greater risk of developing complications from the flu, like pneumonia.
The CDC recommends vaccinating as soon as vaccine is available. See the CDC website for details. However, the flu season usually does not begin until mid to late December, and peaks in January to February. So, October and November clinics are generally considered good timing.
Yes, as long as you don’t have a fever.
You can avoid close contact with people who are sick, stay home when you are sick, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, wash your hands often with soap and water, avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth, and practice other good habits such as a healthy diet, exercise, and 7-8 hours of sleep every night.
You can learn more about the flu by checking out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/flu.html