This week, we started the fall season and with it comes the challenges of the upcoming flu season. Every year, LA hospitals receive an influx of patients needing treatment for the flu, but this year will be especially challenging given that we are still in a COVID-19 pandemic. Medical experts are advising all Angelenos to get a flu shot as soon as possible to avoid a possible “twindemic” from overtaking our hospital resources.
In order to save lives, we must do all that we can. Please start with the simple step of getting a flu shot. Everyone should call their doctor, visit a pharmacy, or use VaccineFinder.org to schedule a flu shot appointment.
If you don’t have insurance, you can still get a flu shot.
Mayor Garcetti launched a pilot program with the USC School of Pharmacy to bring free flu shots to residents in the weeks ahead. No appointments necessary. The program is running at the Weingart East L.A. YMCA, and will have more sites coming soon.
Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should wait to get a flu shot, stay in isolation, and consult their doctor before getting a flu shot.