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Flu Prevention Begins with U!

Getting Vaccinated Is Best Way to Avoid the Flu

VaccinationsThe U.S. Centers for Disease Control now recommends the vaccination for nearly everyone 6 months or older at the beginning of each flu season.

The annual flu vaccine is particularly important for those who are most likely to develop serious and potentially fatal complications from the flu, including anyone 65 or older; people with medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes and chronic lung disease; pregnant women; and those who live with or provide care for these individuals. For people outside the high-risk groups, the flu vaccine is recommended for two reasons, notes Zachary Rubin, MD, UCLA infectious disease specialist. "You're not only protecting yourself, but you're also making it less likely that you will transmit influenza to those high-risk people in the community," he explains. Read more »

Flu-Shot Clinics

UCLA Health's Community Flu-Shot Clinics help protect residents during fl u season by offering vaccinations for adults and children age 5 years or older. The shots are $25 or billed to insurance, if covered.

Flu shots are free to members of the UCLA Health 50-Plus program at the two UCLA locations below or at any MinuteClinic® walk-in medical clinic inside select CVS/ Pharmacy® locations in Southern California. a voucher is needed at MinuteClinics. To obtain your voucher or join the 50-Plus program, call (800) 516-5323.

When: October 18 & October 25 / 1 - 4 pm
Where: UCLA Brentwood Medical Group, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics
11980 San Vicente Bl, Ste 102
Info: (310) 208-7777

When: Saturday, November 8 & Sunday, November 9 / 10 am - 2 pm
Where: UCLA Playa Marina Urgent Care, 4560 Admiralty Wy, Ste 100
Info: (310) 827-3700

What kinds of flu vaccines are available?

There are several flu vaccine options for the 2014-2015 flu season. Traditional flu vaccines made to protect against three different flu viruses (called "trivalent" vaccines) are available. In addition, flu vaccines made to protect against four different flu viruses (called "quadrivalent" vaccines) also are available. Trivalent flu vaccine protects against two influenza A viruses (an H1N1 and an H3N2) and an influenza B virus. The following trivalent flu vaccines are available:

  • Standard-dose trivalent shots (IIV3) that are manufactured using virus grown in eggs. Different flu shots are approved for people of different ages, but there are flu shots that are approved for use in people as young as 6 months of age and up.
  • An intradermal trivalent shot, which is injected into the skin instead of the muscle and uses a much smaller needle than the regular flu shot. It is approved for people 18 through 64 years of age.
  • A high-dose trivalent shot, approved for people 65 and older.
  • A trivalent shot containing virus grown in cell culture, which is approved for people 18 and older.
  • A recombinant trivalent shot that is egg-free, approved for people 18 through 49 years of age.

The quadrivalent flu vaccine protects against two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses. The following quadrivalent flu vaccines are available:

  • A quadrivalent flu shot.
  • A quadrivalent nasal spray vaccine, approved for people 2 through 49 years of age (recommended preferentially for healthy* children 2 years through 8 years old when immediately available and there are no contraindications or precautions).

(*"Healthy" in this instance refers to children 2 years through 8 years old who do not have an underlying medical condition that predisposes them to influenza complications.)

Flu Infographic