Flu Vaccines

The Experts Weigh In on How to Best Protect Your Family During Flu Season

Dr. Seyal and Dr. Garcia, co-chairs of Breathe California’s Asthma Collaborative, offer their advice on what to do during the fall and winter flu season.

Research indicates that adults who get their flu shot are 71 percent less likely to be hospitalized for flu symptoms, and kids who get vaccinated are 74 percent less likely to be admitted to intensive care for flu-related complications. That’s amazing!

Everyone six months and older should get a flu shot every year, especially young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions, and adults over age 65; these groups are at higher risk for serious flu complications.

Flu shots can reduce missed school and work, and spare you from having to visit your doctor or be hospitalized for flu symptoms. Getting your flu shot also means you are less likely to transmit the flu to those around you. You should still get your flu shot even if you think you’ve already had the flu; having it once does not protect you from catching it again.

You can get your flu shot at your doctor or local pharmacy. Find locations that offer flu shots at flushot.healthmap.org

Think you know everything there is to know about the flu? Take the CDC’s Flu I.Q. test here!

Read the Breathe California Asthma Collaborative's Newsletter for more tips on managing asthma and staying healthy.

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