Did you know that Urgent Care Extra provides flu shots for just $25 and no appointment necessary? Flu season is almost upon us so take the necessary steps to help protect yourself and your family by getting the flu vaccination.
Up to 20% of the U.S. population will get the flu each year. The vaccination is recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for anyone over the age of 6 months. Some people are at greater risk than others, especially, pregnant women, older adults (especially those over 65), and young children.
The vaccination is particular important for anyone considered to be at increased risk for complications. Per the CDC, this includes:
- all children aged 6 through 59 months;
- all persons aged ≥50 years;
- adults and children who have chronic pulmonary (including asthma) or cardiovascular (except isolated hypertension), renal, hepatic, neurologic, hematologic, or metabolic disorders (including diabetes mellitus);
- persons who have immunosuppression (including immunosuppression caused by medications or by HIV infection);
- women who are or will be pregnant during the influenza season;
- children and adolescents (aged 6 months through 18 years) who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy and who might be at risk for experiencing Reye’s syndrome after influenza virus infection;
- residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities;
- American Indians/Alaska Natives; and
- persons who are morbidly obese (BMI ≥40).
Urgent Care Extra is Here to Help you Fight the Flu
Influenza – also known as the flu – is a serious threat. It takes 1 to 4 days for symptoms to show and adults can be contagious from the day before symptoms begin through 5 to 10 days after the illness starts. So people can be spreading the flu even before they show signs of illness. Each year, the number of flu cases vary, but each year people still die. And the flu is especially hard for children.
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More Information on the Flu Vaccination
The flu vaccine promotes development of antibodies to help fight the onset of the flu. It normally takes a couple of weeks for the vaccine to become effective, so getting the shot early is not a bad idea. The flu mutates, so each new flu season pharmaceutical companies must develop a vaccine specifically targeting the influenza virus most likely to be the biggest threat. They do not always pick the right strain, so the flu shot is not 100% guaranteed. But it is still your best option, because even a shot not designed for a specific strain of the flu can still have a mitigating effect on other types of flu, shortening the run and easing the symptoms.
The Flu shot has been shown to be 92% effective in pregnant women and it keeps protecting the new borns for up to 6 months. It has also been shown to be very helpful with the elderly.
Even though you had the vaccine last year, you still need a new shot this year. It takes up to two weeks for the vaccine to take effect, so the smart bet is to take the vaccination early before you have the highest probability of coming into contact with the virus.
e flu while also protecting others around them. For those who may still get sick, the vaccination may make their illness a lot less intense than it would have otherwise been. The Flu shot in pregnant women has been shown to be 92% effective in preventing the flu while also protecting their babies for up to 6 months after they are born.
You may have gotten the vaccine last year, but the virus is constantly changing and so new formulations of the vaccine are reviewed and offered each year to keep up with the changing and adapting virus. Keep in mind that it takes up to 2 weeks for the vaccine to take effect, so it’s a good idea to seek out the vaccination for yourself and your family before flu season hits and the likelihood of catching the virus grows.
Test your knowledge about the flu vaccine
Visit the Urgent Care Association of America and take a quick quiz testing your knowledge on the flu vaccine.