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Flu Season is Here - Protect Yourself with a Flu Shot

It's not too early to get a flu shot--getting vaccinated early ensures you're protected for the whole flu season.

Older adults, pregnant women, young adults, health conditions are most at risk of getting the flu, but everyone six months and older should get vaccinated.

It takes two weeks after being immunized to be fully protected and the vaccine provides some benefit until then. The vaccine only keeps you fully protected for about one year, so it's important to get vaccinated every year.

You can get flu shots at:

  • Your doctor's office
  • Retail pharmacies and stores (call first to check vaccine availability)
  • Many local clinics--free, no ID, insurance or appointment needed.

For a list of free clinics in north San Mateo County click here.

Home-bound patients who need flu shots should call 1-800-675-8437.

Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue. There are other viruses that can cause these symptoms, but a high fever and bad cough usually indicate flu.

This information courtesy of San Mateo County Health System at www.smchealth.org/flu.