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Dear Doctors: I'm 23 years old and hardly ever get sick, not even a cold. I usually skip getting a flu shot, but my dad keeps telling my brother and me that it's really important to get one this year. Can you explain why? Is it going to protect us [...]

By Ask the Doctors • October 2, 2020

Learn why getting a flu shot could be to your advantage

By uclahealth • September 25, 2020
From fall 2017 to spring 2018, flu severity was considered high across all age groups in the United States. As of October 27, 2018, there were 185 flu-related deaths in children reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and about 80 percent of those children had [...]
By uclahealth • November 14, 2018
When it comes to achieving optimal health, research shows that following preventive care guidelines for vaccinations, disease screenings and cancer screenings is the best way to get there. The following graphic shows some of the vaccinations, lab tests and screenings recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services [...]
By uclahealth • August 6, 2018
February is typically a peak month for flu activity. The flu is a contagious disease caused by the influenza virus, which can lead to serious illness or even death. Vaccination is the best way to prevent the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend [...]
By uclahealth • February 2, 2018
Flu-stricken patients are jamming emergency rooms across California and the country. Flu patients feel terrible. But at what point should they head to the hospital? Many visit at the first sign of sniffling. Others wait until there’s no choice. For guidance, [...]
By Phil Hampton • January 19, 2018
Feeling squeamish about getting your annual flu shot? We asked an expert for some advice in making the uncomfortable experience a little bit easier. Nurse Janet Li-Tall has given thousands of flu shots in her 11 years working at the Occupational Health department of UCLA [...]
By Amy Albin • October 20, 2017
Flu season is underway and there’s still time to get your shot. While it’s recommended to get vaccinated as early as possible, flu season tends to peak in January or later, depending on which part of the country you are living or traveling in, and it takes about two [...]
By Enrique Rivero • November 4, 2016