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LOS ANGELES, Calif., Sept. 6, 2021 — Getting your flu shot this year will be more important than ever, health experts advise, because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Every year, physicians recommend getting vaccinated as a way to protect yourself against contracting or spreading influenza. But this year, our health crisis has made this single act of preventative care especially critical at protecting yourself from a disease that plagues millions.
September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles is building awareness of the disorder, how one can manage symptoms of sickle cell disease, and what we are doing to ensure good quality of life for sickle cell patients. Click here for more.
Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles is celebrating three observances this month dedicated to supporting and promoting breastfeeding: National Breastfeeding Month, World Breastfeeding Week (Aug. 1 to 7), and Black Breastfeeding Week (Aug. 25 to 31).
Welcoming a new baby into the world is one of the most exciting events new and expecting parents can experience. At Kaiser Permanente, we are committed to supporting healthy moms and babies. We recommend that babies get nothing but breast milk for the first 6 months of life and continue to breastfeed for at least a year. Breast milk provides all the nourishment babies need in their first 6 months, is easiest for babies to digest, and provides antibodies that can strengthen their immune systems. Breastfeeding is good for moms too. It speeds their recovery after childbirth, helps them lose weight gained during pregnancy, and reduces the risk of diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.
You may have many questions and concerns about pregnancy, breastfeeding, and your postpartum experience, especially during the pandemic. In response, we created a COVID-19 and pregnancy page to answer common questions specific to perinatal needs. Be sure to speak to your healthcare provider with any concerns or questions you may have.
Click here to watch Dr. LaTanya Hines, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw Medical Offices, and a Kaiser Permanente member speak on the challenges and benefits of breastfeeding.
Curious about how you can be a breastfeeding ally? Here are 5 tips:
August 1st is National Girlfriends Day
During the month of August, members that receive a screening mammogram at any Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles location will receive a free gift (while supplies last).
Please call (323) 857-4400 for more information or to schedule your screening mammogram.
Mammograms are recommended every 2 years for women over the age of 50.
Walk-in appointments are available, however there may be a wait.