The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is administering flu shots — at no cost — to the uninsured and to those whose healthcare provider does not offer flu shots. It has set up 125 flu vaccination clinics throughout the County, including 31 in the Second District, listed below.
A contagious respiratory illness, the flu is associated with about 200,000 hospitalizations nationwide every year. Patients manifest symptoms such as fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and muscle aches.
The County had 54 flu-related deaths in the 2014-2015 flu season, prompting Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas to urge caution this year.
“Take advantage of these free flu shots at your local neighborhood,” he said. “Avoid the risk of getting sick, as this will also protect everyone in your household and workplace.”
Annual flu shots are recommended for everyone over 6 months old, including healthy children and adults. It is particularly important, however, for those who:
- are 50 years of age and older;
- are pregnant or just had a baby;
- are morbidly obese;
- live in a nursing home or long-term care home;
- have a weakened immune system or chronic medical condition (diabetes, heart or lung disease);
- live with or care for someone who is more likely to have flu complications; and
- are a healthcare provider.
Click here for a convenient and easy-to-use map that will show you the nearest flu vaccination clinic, as well as other services provided by the DPH. Below is a list of the flu vaccination clinics in the Second District, plus their addresses and the dates and times they will be open.
DPH’s website also includes flu outreach schedules, a list of vaccination events, a map of pharmacies giving out vaccinations, and a list of community clinics offering reduced or no-cost vaccines.