Your Concierge Doctor Reminds You to Get Your Flu Shot

September 24, 2014


The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone over 6 months of age as soon as it is available. The protection will last throughout the flu season.

If you are under 65 I have the preservative FREE quadrivalent ( 2 A and 2 B types) vaccine. If your are 65 or older I have the preservative FREE HIGH dose vaccine. If you get your flu shot at a store,  pharmacy or work please make sure they are giving you these  types. Make sure you are getting  the maximum protection. Please call 310-373-5566 to get your flu shot.

  • Flu vaccination can keep you from getting sick from flu. Protecting yourself from flu also protects the people around you who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness.
  • Flu vaccination can help protect people who are at greater risk of getting seriously ill from flu, like older adults, people with chronic health conditions and young children (especially infants younger than 6 months old who are too young to get vaccinated).
  • Flu vaccination also may make your illness milder if you do get sick.
  • Flu vaccination can reduce the risk of more serious flu outcomes, like hospitalizations and deaths.
    • A recent study* showed that flu vaccine reduced children’s risk of flu-related pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) admission by 74% during flu seasons from 2010-2012.
    • One study showed that flu vaccination was associated with a 71% reduction in flu-related hospitalizations among adults of all ages and a 77% reduction among adults 50 years of age and older during the 2011-2012 flu season.
    • Flu vaccination is an important preventive tool for people with chronic health conditions. Vaccination was associated with lower rates of some cardiac events among people with heart disease, especially among those who had had a cardiac event in the past year. Flu vaccination also has been shown to be associated with reduced hospitalizations among people with diabetes (79%) and chronic lung disease (52%).
    • Other studies have shown that vaccination can reduce the risk of flu-related hospitalizations in older adults. A study that looked at flu vaccine effectiveness over the course of three flu seasons estimated that flu vaccination lowered the risk of hospitalizations by 61% in people 50 years of age and older
  • You may get more information on flu and the vaccine at
  • As your Conciderge Physician, I urge you to call 310 373-5566 for your appointment for your flu vaccine.