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.
Influenza- otherwise known as the flu, can be a serious threat. The vaccination is recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for anyone over the age of 6 months. Learn the key facts about the flu including how the vaccination works and why people should get vaccinated against the flu.
The vaccination is particular important for persons considered to be at increased risk for complications from influenza. 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
Flu season is generally considered to start as early as October and last as late as May. Urgent Care Extra will begin carrying the flu shots beginning September of each year. For more information on Flu Shot Facts visit our Urgent Care Extra Whitepaper on Breaking the Myths about the Flu Vaccine, which can be found on our patient resource page, Get the Flu Shot Facts!
Use our location finder to locate an Urgent Care Extra near you. To avoid wait times and for your convenience, give the Urgent Care Center a call before you go. Ask about the vaccine availability, pricing and any other questions you may have.
We would like to provide these helpful tips for caring for someone who has been diagnosed with the flu. Antiviral medications may also be recommended and can help your body fight the infection and lesson the symptoms. To view the tips, click FLU Care Tips
More Information on the Flu Vaccination
You’ve probably heard a lot about the flu vaccination, especially at certain times of the year when the chances of “catching” the flu are particularly high, but if you’ve not yet every gotten a flu vaccination or you wonder why you should continue to get one each year for yourself or those you love, there are many important reasons to consider doing such.
Contracting influenza (the flu) can actually be a lot more serious than many people realize due to the commonality of its occurrence. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people will deal with the disease and just because they didn’t suffer too badly one year doesn’t mean they won’t have a much harder time if they are hit with influenza again. It’s important to recognize that every flu season is a little bit different with the virus having adapted and changed and its effects on people, even on normally very healthy people, it can lead to hospitalization or even death. With influenza being so easy to spread, receiving the vaccination helps keep individuals healthy while hindering more widespread repercussions.
The Center for Disease Control strongly recommends that people consider receiving the flu vaccine, particularly for the young and the elderly who are often most susceptible to the effects of the illness. In fact, anyone over the age of 6 months is able to receive the vaccine.
The flu vaccine works by promoting new antibodies to develop within the body, usually a couple of weeks after having received the vaccine. These new antibodies work to specifically protect against and fight the virus that the vaccine introduced into the body.
With each new flu season, medical professionals develop a vaccine that is specifically tailored to target the influenza virus that will be most threatening to the public.
Getting the vaccine can keep individuals from becoming excessively sick from the 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.