Next week, don’t miss our story about the flu, how to protect yourself about this dangerous disease and what to do if you do get it.

Fall is here and so is the Flu Season.

Fever above 100 degrees, lack of appetite and a sore throat, body aches and an overall miserable feeling — that describes influenza, or the flu, a severe illness and potentially dangerous ailment that every year leaves thousands of Americans bedridden and, in some cases, can be fatal.

Flu season (October through March) is already here, and the best way to prevent the devastating effects of the virus is to get vaccinated.

Most insurance plans cover vaccines at no cost to the patient. Many pharmacies also offer flu vaccines and some can bill your insurance company.

Residents without health insurance or a regular source of health care can be vaccinated at a Public Health Center or community vaccination event at no charge. No appointments are needed.

A number of free flu shots are scheduled for this coming weekend.

Saturday, Nov. 7

10 a.m.  to 2 p.m., San Fernando Recreation Center, 208 Park Ave., in San Fernando

12 p.m. to 4 p.m., San Fernando Public Library, 217 N. Maclay Ave, in San Fernando.

10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Nury Martinez Health Fair, 14702 Sylvan St., in Van Nuys.

Monday, November 9

9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Our Lady of Holy Rosary, 7800 Vineland Ave., in Sun Valley.