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Flu

An annual flu shot protects you, your children, your parents and grandparents! It helps our health care system provide the attention and resources needed to care for patients infected with the Corona Virus.

An annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect against influenza virus and the serious complications it causes. The CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine by the end of October each year. Influenza can also be treated with antiviral drugs.

Patient Information

Flu Symptoms

When to Seek Urgent Medical Care

Make a Flu Shot Appointment

Patient Information

SENIORS

People 65 years and older are at high risk of developing serious complications such as pneumonia from flu compared with young, healthy adults, and flu can make chronic medical problems like asthma and heart disease worse.

CHILDREN

Flu is more dangerous than the common cold for children 5 years old and younger, as they are at high risk of developing serious complications.  A flu vaccine reduces flu illnesses such as sinus and ear infections, and the risk of spreading the virus to others in the family. Preventing flu also means less visits to the doctor and missed work and school.

PREGNANT PATIENTS

Changes in the immune system, heart, and lungs during pregnancy make pregnant women more prone to severe illness from flu, and may be harmful to their developing baby. Because moms pass antibodies on to the developing baby during pregnancy, getting a flu shot can help protect a newborn from the flu.

Patients with Chronic Diseases

Asthma: People with asthma can develop swollen and sensitive airways, and flu can cause further inflammation of the airways and lungs. Flu infections can trigger asthma attacks and a worsening of asthma symptoms.

Heart disease: Those with heart disease or have had a stroke, are at higher risk for complications from flu. Because immunity drops over a year, annual vaccination against the flu is important to ensure the best possible protection.

Diabetes: Because diabetes can make the immune system less able to fight infections, patients with type 1, type 2, or gestational diabetes are at high risk of serious flu complications and difficulty controlling their blood sugar levels. An acute case of the flu may raise sugar levels, and a loss of appetite may make blood sugar levels fall.

Liver, Kidney or Immune Diseases: These patients are at increased risk of complications from flu due to having a weakened immune system, and it is suggested that they stay up to date with their pneumococcal vaccination as well as their annual flu shot.

Flu Symptoms

Influenza is different from a cold, and usually comes on suddenly. Flu can cause mild to severe illness, and people feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • fever or feeling feverish/chills (not everyone with flu will have a fever)
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • muscle or body aches
  • headaches
  • fatigue (tiredness)
  • some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, (more common in children)

When to Seek Urgent Medical Care

Adults experiencing these warning signs should obtain medical care right away.
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Persistent dizziness, confusion, inability to wake up
  • Seizures
  • Not urinating
  • Severe muscle pain
  • Severe weakness or unsteadiness
  • Fever or cough that improve but then return or worsen
  • Worsening of chronic medical conditions
Children with these warning signs should receive medical care right away.
  • Fast or labored breathing
  • Bluish lips or face
  • Ribs pulling in with each breath
  • Chest pain
  • Severe muscle pain (child refuses to walk)
  • Dehydration (no urine for 8 hours, dry mouth, no tears when crying)
  • Not alert or interacting when awake
  • Seizures
  • Fever above 104°F
  • In children less than 12 weeks, any fever
  • Fever or cough that improve but then return or worsen
  • Worsening of chronic medical conditions

Make a Flu Shot Appointment

In order to have an efficient flow that will allow you to get in and out fast, we ask you to make an appointment.

North Hollywood hours:
M-F 8:15am-12:15pm
Saturday 8:00am-11:45am

North Hills hours:
M-F 8:15am-12:15pm
every other Saturday

Prepare for your Appointment

Stay Home If Sick

If you or your child has symptoms like fever, cough, congestion, loss of smell, etc. call us at 818-301-6311 to cancel your appointment. 

DRIVE UP VISIT

  • Bring ID: All adult patients receiving a flu shot must bring their ID.
  • Vaccine Screening Form: You will be asked to complete a vaccine screening form when you arrive for your flu shot appointment.
  • Seating: Staff will not enter the car.  Patients getting the flu shot must be seated next to an accessible door. Children can switch seats for easy staff access once the car is parked.
  • Masks: Everyone in the car over the age of 2 years must wear a mask.
  • Children under 2 Years: Will get the shot in the outside of the upper thigh. They must arrive wearing only a diaper or underwear, with a blanket covering them over their car seat.
  • Children over 2 Years: Will get the shot in the upper arm. They must wear a sleeveless or short sleeve shirt that allows access to their upper arm.
  • Patient Safety: Anxious or uncooperative children can create a safety concern.  Staff may ask you and your child to leave your car to get the flu shot.

WALK UP VISIT

  • Bring ID: All adult patients receiving a flu shot must bring their ID.
  • Vaccine Screening Form: You will be asked to complete a vaccine screening form when you arrive for your flu shot appointment.
  • Masks: Everyone over the age of 2 years must wear a mask.
  • Physical Distancing: Maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet from other patients while waiting for your flu shot appointment.
  • Children under 2 Years: Will get the shot in the outside of the upper thigh. They must arrive wearing loose fitting clothing that allows access to their upper their upper thigh.
  • Children over 2 Years: Will get the shot in the upper arm. They must wear a sleeveless or short sleeve shirt that allows access to their upper arm.

DIRECTIONS TO NORTH HOLLYWOOD VACCINE SITE

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DIRECTIONS TO NORTH HILLS VACCINE SITE

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