Westside Family Health Center at 1711 Ocean Park Blvd in Santa Monica is offering walk-in Flu shots for $20.
The center is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Appointments can also be made by calling 310.450.2191
or just walk in to the clinic.
According to Flu.gov, anyone who gets the flu vaccine is 60 percent less likely to need treatment from
a healthcare provider.
Getting the vaccine has also been shown to offer
other significant benefits including reducing illness, time lost from
work, hospitalizations, and deaths.
some people experience side-effects to vaccination, the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration
supervise the safety of seasonal flu vaccines closely and seasonal flu
vaccines are usually very safe.
you get the flu, your health care provider may be able to prescribe
medicine to help your body fight the infection and lessen symptoms. If
you need health care services at Westside Family Health Center, make an
appointment or simply walk in,” said Debra A. Farmer, President/Chief Executive Officer.
how can you tell if what you have is a cold or the flu?
the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a cold is
probably the most common illness. You can get a cold by touching your
eyes or nose after you touch surfaces with cold germs on them. You can
also inhale the germs.
Symptoms--sneezing, sore throat, stuffy nose,
sneezing--usually begin 2 - 3 days after infection and last two to 14 days.
Colds rarely cause fever or headaches. Washing your hands and staying
away from infected people will help you avoid colds.
The flu is a
respiratory infection caused by a number of viruses. The viruses pass
through the air and enter your body through your nose or mouth. The flu
can be serious or even deadly for elderly people, newborn babies and
people with certain chronic illnesses. Flu almost never causes an upset
stomach. Symptoms of the flu come on suddenly and are worse than those
of the common cold. They may include body or muscle aches, chills,
coughs, fever, headache and sore throat.
Family Health Center, founded in 1974, is a non-profit community health
center providing a wide range of low-cost health care services. WFHC
serves more than 9,500 low-income and uninsured women, men and children,
regardless of one’s ability to pay.
To learn more about WFHC, or to
donate, visit www.wfhcenter.org.
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