Flu season is here, and will remain active for the next several months. Aside from the usual flu-prevention actions – washing your hands, avoiding those infected with the flu, using hand sanitizer and the like – the single best way to remain healthy is to get a flu vaccination.
Flu Facts – Straight from the CDC
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every flu season is a serious health issue. Over the past 30 years, thousands of people in the United States (estimates vary between 3,000 and 49,000 individuals) have died, and millions more have become ill. The toll on the American population is less severe than the rest of the world, thanks in large part to greater awareness, superior medical facilities and access to seasonal flu vaccines.
The typical flu vaccine takes about two weeks to take full effect, and it is recommended that you should get your flu vaccine by October, the start of the annual flu season. But the flu season is active all the way until May, so it’s never too late to get your vaccine.
Advantages and Benefits of the Flu Vaccine
There are many different ways a flu shot can help you avoid the ravages of the flu. First and foremost, a flu shot reduces your overall chance of catching the flu. That’s because many vaccines are designed to prevent three different strains of the influenza virus, while others offer protection from up to four strains. It’s hard to predict how the 2015-2016 flu season will play out at this point in time, but the potential for a flu epidemic (in the United States and worldwide) always exists.
Other benefits of the flu Vaccine include:
- Up to 70% reduction in hospitalizations in young adults
- Flu vaccines can also prevent other people around you from getting sick
- Over 60% reduction in serious cases among older adults
- More than 90% of infants born to mothers with a flu shot avoid serious complications of the flu
- Reduced duration and severity of the flu, even if you do catch the influenza virus
- And many more
Urgent Care Extra’s Flu Awareness Campaign
As part of our ongoing effort to combat the flu, Urgent Care Extra walk-in health clinics and healthcare centers across Arizona and Nevada offer flu shots for just $25. Best of all, there are no appointments necessary – just walk in and we’ll take care of you!
UCE is always campaigning against the flu, and this year is no different. Stop in today and get your flu vaccination. It’s an affordable and essential way to avoid one of the worst annual epidemics. For more information about Urgent Care Extra, please call our healthcare professionals at (480) 988-9108.