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It’s time to fight the flu in Georgia

SEP 07, 2016
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With flu season getting started, now is the perfect time for you and your family to get your flu shots. Members can get them at no cost at Kaiser Permanente facilities while supplies last.

 

The flu is much more serious than the common cold. It’s also highly contagious, infecting up to 1 in 5 people each year. The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is to get a flu shot.

 

Why you need a flu shot every year

 

The most common flu viruses change each year. The shot you get this year will target this year’s viruses.

 

It’s no secret that the flu will make you feel awful. In some cases, the flu can also lead to complications, including:

 

  • Bacterial pneumonia
  • Ear infections
  • Sinus infections
  • Severe dehydration
  • Worsening of certain conditions (such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes)

Who should get a flu shot

 

Even healthy people can develop serious complications from the flu. Some people get sick enough to need hospitalization. This is why the CDC recommends a flu shot for everyone 6 months and older.

 

Certain groups of people are especially vulnerable. It’s crucial for these people to get a flu shot early in the season:

 

  • People 50 years and older
  • Children 6 months through 4 years old
  • Women who are pregnant
  • People with ongoing medical conditions
  • People with weakened immune systems

You should also make a flu shot your priority if you live or work with anyone at increased risk of complications from the flu.

 

Why it helps to get a flu shot early

 

According to the CDC, flu activity usually picks up in October or November, then peaks between December and March. By getting your shot early, you’ll give your body plenty of time to build up immunity before the flu becomes common in your area.

 

“This is a good time to get a vaccine to stay healthy during the flu season,” says Belkis Pimentel, MD, of Atlanta. “And as part of our commitment to our members, we want to make it as easy and as accessible as possible.”

 

Get a no-cost flu shot — no appointment needed

 

Members can get a flu shot at no cost at Kaiser Permanente facilities. To save you the trouble of making an appointment, many locations offer walk-in flu clinics.

 

Can’t come in during the workweek? We have clinics open on Saturdays and Sundays at our TownPark, Gwinnett, and Southwood locations.

 

To find a walk-in flu clinic where you can get your flu shot at no cost, visit kp.org/flu.

 

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