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Shield Yourself From the Flu, Get Your Flu Shot

What Is The Flu?

It's a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. The flu can cause mild to severe illness, and can lead to death in certain severe cases. The best way to prevent the flu is with an annual flu shot.

What About The Vaccine?

A new flu vaccine is made each year to protect against the flu virus strains that are most likely to cause sickness during flu season. Manufactured under strict safety and production requirements, the flu vaccine has been administered to millions of people worldwide.

Why Get A Flu Shot?

Each year in the U.S., more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from seasonal flu-related complications. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. A flu vaccine is needed every year because flu viruses are constantly changing. It's not unusual for new flu viruses to appear annually, which is why the flu vaccine is reformulated each year to keep up with the flu viruses as they change.

Who Should Get A Flu Shot?

Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu shot as soon as the vaccines are available. It's especially important that anyone who is at high risk of developing flu complications is vaccinated. Those at high risk include:

  • Young children
  • Pregnant women
  • People with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, or heart or lung disease
  • People 65 and older

Healthcare workers and others who live with or care for high-risk individuals should also be vaccinated in order to keep them from spreading the flu to someone who is at high risk. Children younger than 6 months are also at high risk of serious flu illness, but are too young to be vaccinated; instead, anyone who cares for or lives with infants should be vaccinated.

When is the Flu Season?

The "seasonal flu season" in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May.

Get Your Flu Shot

Flu Shots are conveniently administered at all Torrance Memorial Physician Network primary care offices. Shield yourself from the flu and contact your primary physician today!

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