By Rachel Jones Staff Writer With flu season under way, area health officials are encouraging people to get flu shots, and a number of clinics in San Pedro are offering the vaccine in the comings weeks. “There’s ,” said Dawn Galante, the infection control practitioner at Little Company of Mary – San Pedro Hospital. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The shot is very important for people with long-term health problems, including heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, HIV/AIDS or asthma. It is also suggested for children 6 months to 5 years old, and women who are pregnant. almost always a reason for people to get a flu shot Even those who do not fall into these categories can get the shot to avoid spreading the flu when they spend time with children, grandparents or other people who are high risk. “People don’t seem to understand how important it is to not only prevent getting sick themselves but to prevent other people from getting sick,” Galante said. “Somebody who’s young and healthy thinks `I don’t need the flu shot.”‘ And contrary to urban legend, it is impossible to catch the flu from a flu shot, Galante said. “That’s like saying the dead spider in the corner is going to get up and come bite you,” she explained. The vaccine is made from a portion of the dead virus, not live cultures. Other tips to stay healthy during flu season include washing hands, avoiding contact with eyes or mouth and covering a cough with the arm instead of the hand. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!