The Westside Family Health Center is offering flu shots for $20, Monday through Friday.

The center, located at 1711 Ocean Park Blvd., offers the shots daily from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. Call (310) 450-2191 to make an appointment or walk in during operating hours.

The best way to prevent becoming ill with the flu is to get a yearly flu vaccine. According to Flu.gov, if you get the flu vaccine, you are 60 percent less likely to need treatment from a healthcare provider. Getting the vaccine has also been shown to offer other significant benefits including reducing illness, time lost from work, hospitalizations and deaths.

Although some people experience side-effects to vaccination, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration supervise the safety of seasonal flu vaccines closely and seasonal flu vaccines are usually safe, said Debra A. Farmer, president/chief executive officer of the health center.

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