The flu is a leading cause of vaccine-preventable death in children in the U.S., affecting 5-15% of the overall U.S. population every year, and leading to an estimated 3.1 million days of hospitalization and 31.4 million outpatient visits nationally.
Why get vaccinated against the flu?
Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. It’s a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. An annual flu vaccine is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get the seasonal flu and lessen the chance that you will spread it to others.
Who should get vaccinated and when?
Everybody over the age of 6 months should receive a flu vaccine (excluding those who are allergic to any of the vaccine components). It is best to be vaccinated as soon as the annual vaccine becomes available in September or October. However, the flu season can last until May so it is still advisable to get a vaccine any time prior to the end of the season.
How and where can I get vaccinated?
Alameda Health System offers flu vaccine to enrolled patients at all of its outpatient Wellness Center locations. Call 510-437-8500 for an appointment or information regarding the flu vaccine at your local site.
The Wellness Centers are open from 8:30-5:00 Monday-Friday, some evening and Saturday services are available by appointment.