flu shotThe Shingletown Medical Center (SMC) will be hosting a FREE flu shot clinic at Reed’s Market located at 7007 Shingle Glen Trail on Friday, January 27th from 10:00am to 2:00pm. This year’s flu is widespread in Northern California and we are now getting into the high point of the flu season. So if you have not gotten your flu shot… now is the time to get it!

A simple flu shot vaccine is the best way to protect yourself from the flu. It may sound like a minor illness, but it can cause big problems for some people. It can even be deadly. The flu, short for influenza, is a respiratory disease caused by the influenza virus. Some common symptoms are fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, muscle aches and fatigue. The flu season usually runs from October through May.

The seasonal flu shot is a vaccine taken to protect against the flu every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu shots are recommended for all Americans over the age of 6. As the strains of the virus keep changing, a new vaccine is made every year based on predictions about how the strains will evolve.

Who should not get a flu vaccine? Children under 6 months cannot get a flu shot, in addition to those who have previously had a severe allergic reaction to a flu vaccine. Even people suffering from high fever are recommended to wait until the fever subsides to take the shot. Studies show flu vaccines are safe for women in any stage of pregnancy, according to the CDC. Also, vaccination during pregnancy helps to protect the child against flu while they cannot be administered the vaccine.

What are the side effects? There are mild side effects of the flu shot — soreness, redness or swelling at the injection site, low-grade fever and aches. More serious side effects like allergic reactions are rare. The side effects last a short time compared to the actual flu, and they don’t affect everyone in the same manner.

If you have further questions or concerns regarding getting a flu shot or the pricing, please call and you will be guided to the appropriate individual to answer your questions (530) 474-3390.