Why is it Important to Get A Flu Vaccine?

The Flu is a potentially serious disease and can lead to hospitalization, infections and sometimes death. Getting vaccinated each year is important to help prevent getting sick because we encounter different types of flu virus strains annually. Not only does the flu vaccine help you stay healthy, it protects others around you from becoming ill as well.

When Should You Get Vaccinated?

The influenza vaccine is best to get before the virus stats to spread. It may be beneficial to get vaccinated soon to avoid become ill. Generally, getting vaccinated sooner may improve your chances of not becoming ill. The recommended times for vaccination are typically July to September. However, it is never too late to get your vaccine.

Facts About the Flu Vaccine:

It takes about 2 weeks after the vaccine for the antibodies to develop in the body.

You need to get a flu shot each year as the strains of the virus change every year.

Most insurance carriers cover the vaccine as it is part of preventative medicine.

Patients 6 months and older can receive the flu vaccine.

There are some patients who should not receive the vaccine. Generally, this is discussed with a provider at the time of the visit.

Getting vaccinated does not increase the risk of contracting COVID-19

Flu vaccine’s effectiveness depends on the strains being inoculated again, the persons overall health, age, and their level of exposure to the virus.

What Type of Influenza Vaccines Do You Offer?

The Quadrivalent vaccine. (Protects against 4 strains of the flu)
High-Dose Flu vaccine for 65+ aged patients.

Key Reasons to Get Vaccinated:

The flu vaccine can keep you from getting sick with the flu.

The flu vaccine is important for those with chronic health conditions and weakened immune systems.

Reduces the risk of flu-associated hospitalization and complications, especially for children and older adults.

Flu vaccination is safe for women who are pregnant and is important for protecting the baby.

The flu vaccine can be lifesaving for children.

Many studies have proven that the flu vaccine reduces the severity of the illness in those who receive it.

Protect the people around you against the flu. Especially those who are at a higher risk.

There is no evidence that the flu shot increases the risk on getting COVID-19.

What Kind of Side Effects May I get from the Vaccine?

Soreness, swelling, redness, and/or tender where the shot was given, is common. In addition you may experience headache, fever, muscle aches, nausea, and fatigue.

Where Can I Get My Flu Vaccine?

Our Urgent Care Centers are open 7 days a week with convenient hours. In addition to COVID testing, we are still providing urgent medical care to our community on a regular basis. Our center is clean, safe and nationally accredited by the UCA.

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