Red Bluff, California
Red Bluff Family Doctors

2014 Flu Shots

Protect Yourself and Your Family This Year with a Flu Shot

Each year, approximately 30,000 – 35,000 Americans die from Influenza and its complications. “The flu”, as it is more commonly known, causes headache, fever, muscle aches and pains, joint aches and pains, and a dry cough. People with this illness feel terrible. The flu does not discriminate, but rather can affect anyone, including otherwise healthy adults and children. Young children and the elderly are especially at risk. Because strains of the flu vary from year to year, it is critical to make sure you, and other members of your family are vaccinated each year.

Who should receive a flu shot?

Red Bluff Flu ShotsBoth children and adults should be vaccinated against the flu – even if they’re otherwise healthy. This is especially important if you live with or have contact with someone who suffers from diabetes, obstructive lung disease, or another chronic disease, and who may be at risk of serious illness or even death due to complications from the flu such as pneumonia.

Children 6 months of age and older may be vaccinated for the flu. If your young child (age 6 months to 3 years) is receiving his or her first flu shot, two half doses will be required before your child is fully immune. These half doses generally are spaced one month apart.

Flu Mist (a live, partially inactivated virus inhaled through the nasal passages) is available for children over 2 years of age. Flu Mist is not allowed, however, for children who have asthma or have had episodes of wheezing or who are on medications for treating bronchial spasm.

Egg-free flu shots are available for those who are allergic to eggs. Supplies disappear rapidly, however, so please be sure to call prior to coming in for your shot to ensure an egg-free version is available.

When should I get my flu shot?

Traditionally, healthcare providers start seeing influenza in California around the 3rd week of December. Because it takes two weeks for a body to become immunized after receiving the flu vaccine, we recommend receiving a flu shot by the first week of December (or as quickly as possible thereafter). Flu shots received from late September through November are effective for the flu season. Those who receive shots earlier than September may require a second shot.

Given the new antiviral and antibiotic medications available to help prevent complications, is it really still important that I get a flu shot?

Yes. For children, antiviral medications can be difficult to obtain, complicated to administer and can have complications that are sometimes worse than the illness itself.

Will getting the flu shot actually give me the flu?

Some people experience flu-like symptoms (such as a low-grade fever or body aches) after receiving a flu shot, but this is not the actual flu. Those side effects mean your immune system was activated to create immunity for you and prevent the flu.

How can I get my flu shot?

Flu shots are available on a walk-in basis at both our Red Bluff and Cottonwood locations. For location hours and address information, please visit our hours information.

Contact Us

Lassen Medical Clinic, Red Bluff
2450 Sister Mary Columba Drive
Red Bluff, CA 96080
Phone: 530-527-0414

Lassen Medical Clinic, Cottonwood
20833 Long Branch Drive
Cottonwood, CA 96022
Phone: 530-347-3418

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