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Kaiser Permanente Urges its Members to Obtain Free Flu Vaccinations Being Offered Across Southern California

PANORAMA CITY, Calif., Sept. 16, 2019 —Kaiser Permanente is holding seasonal flu clinics for its members across Southern California beginning Saturday, Sept. 21, where they can receive free influenza vaccinations. The health care organization is urging its members and the general public that the most effective prevention against contracting the flu is to get vaccinated – and early.

 

At Panorama City Medical Center, flu shots for Kaiser Permanente members will be offered on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the following locations:

 

  • Medical Offices 5 – 13651 Willard St., Panorama City, CA 91402
  • Medical Offices 6 – 8001 Ventura Canyon Ave., Panorama City, CA 91402

 

Members in the Santa Clarita Valley can also receive flu shots on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at:

 

  • Santa Clarita Medical Offices 2 – 26877 Tourney Rd., Santa Clarita, CA 91355

 

Additionally, flu shot clinics will be open at all Kaiser Permanente Panorama City area medical office locations, including North Hollywood, Mission Hills, and Santa Clarita on weekdays during regular business hours. Visit www.kp.org/flu for a complete list of clinic locations and hours.

 

Every year, millions of people get the flu, and hundreds of thousands of individuals end up in the emergency room or hospitalized. It’s highly recommended that the most sensitive populations, which include the elderly, pregnant women, babies that are six months and older, along with those with chronic health conditions – should get vaccinated.

 

“A common misconception is that a flu shot will make you sick,” said Dr. Margaret M. Khoury, a pediatric infectious disease specialist with Kaiser Permanente Southern California. “That is simply not true. You cannot contract the flu from getting a flu shot. However, by not getting vaccinated, you put yourself and your loved ones at a greater risk of getting the flu, which causes serious illness, hospitalizations and deaths every year. Most flu-related illnesses and deaths could be prevented simply by getting vaccinated.”

 

Harmful flu myths and a lack of awareness have caused significant disparities in flu vaccination, particularly in the African American and Latino communities, studies show. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, African Americans and Latinos are disparate populations that experience disproportionately higher rates of chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease and obesity. Subsequently, it’s these chronic health conditions that place many African Americans and Latinos at a higher risk of severe flu complications.

 

“It’s important to understand the benefits of flu immunizations, which is why we strongly encourage getting your flu shot, and to get it early for maximum protection,” Dr. Khoury stressed. “Getting vaccinated will protect your health, as well as reduce missed school and work days.”

 

For a complete list of clinic locations and times, and for more information about preventing or treating the flu, visit www.kp.org/flu.

 

For a video debunking common flu myths, click here.