Each year there are thousands of people who die from the flu. Clinics have been making a strong effort to get you the flu vaccine so that you can better prepare yourself during the flu season. There are many clinics that will offer you vaccines at no cost or little cost for the service that they provide.
Clinics like the Adult Immunization and Travel Clinic have a location in the San Francisco area at 101 Grove Str. on the first floor in room 102 that will help you to get your flu shot for only $28. They can be reached by calling 415-554-2532 or 415-554-2625 and can usually provide the same day service. Appointments for the flu vaccine are between the hours of 8:30 thru 9:30 A.M. During the months of October and November, flu shots can be given on a walk-in basis but are first come first serve and recommended hours for walk-ins are between the hours of 10:00 thru 4:00 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Friday. Tuesday walk-ins can be done on Tuesday between the hours of 10:00 thru 3:00. December walk-ins can be done anytime during business hours. Children that are ages four and up can also receive a flu vaccine at this clinic but they highly recommend that children receive the vaccine from their doctors.
Sutter Visiting Nurse Associated & Hospice has started clinics to help people receive their flu shots. The shots are $25 and proceeds go to help support home care and hospice care to local communities. The clinics began on September 29 and will come to an end on December 12. If you would like to find a nearby clinic to get your flu shots, call 1800-500-2400 or visit sutterrvna.org and enter your zip code to find a location near you.
Maxim Health Systems offers flu shots in a variety of locations. The locations can be found by going to find a flu shot . This will allow you to enter you zip code and to be able to find a Maxim Health Systems clinic near you. The office hours are vary from location and they will immunize anyone who is over the age of nine except in a VA clinic in which case you must be at least eighteen years of age. There is no fee or co-pay if the patient is Medicare part B and if Medicare is the primary insurance provider for that person.
The are other location like Lucky Pharmacy at 1515 Sloat Blvd. San Francisco, CA 94132 phone number (415)681-4136 and Costco 450 10th str. San Francisco, Ca 94103 phone number (405)626-4341, that will help in getting you and your family the flu vaccinations that you will need.
In order to get the best care that you possibly can, get in to see a doctor as soon as possible before the flu season hits. If you are able to see a family doctor for the flu shot, it is better to get your vaccine there so that you are not waiting in line for hours or so the doctor will know to order a vaccine shot for you. Many clinics only order a certain amount of vaccines and they may run out before you are able to get your vaccine from the clinic.
People who should get the flu vaccine are those who are ages fifty and above, children ages six months thru five years, pregnant women; those who have a heart, circulation, or lung disease; persons with diabetes, kidney disease, sickle-cell disease, seizures, or immune deficiency; anybody who has trouble breathing because of nerve damage from an injury; residents living in a long-term care, residential care, or nursing facility; people who take care of those who are sick, elderly, or young children; healthcare professionals; people who travel often and from different parts of the world; and people who are wanting to be protected against the influenza and are at least six months of age or older.
Even though you may have gotten the flu shot or are thinking of getting the flu shot, you should still protect yourself and others from the influenza. The best way to keep the influenza at bay is to avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you happen to be the person who is sick, try not to come in close contact with others; germs can spread from person to person and back again.
If you feel that you need to cough, cover you nose and mouth so that you can help to keep from spreading germs around the room or onto other people.
Wash your hands often and every time that you sneeze or touch someone who is sick. Sometimes we can’t help to touch sick people like children, washing our hands can help to keep from spreading germs. People also should not touch their eyes, nose, or mouth; this may spread germs.
Your daily routine is important and you should get proper exercise, rest, food, and fluids especially during the winter months when people are most likely to get sick from illnesses like the influenza.
Keeping updated on flu shots and how to protect you, is key to safe guarding yourself from getting the influenza (flu). http://www.cdc.gov/flu/ will help you to learn more about ways that you can protect yourself during flu season.