Flu Shots

Protect Yourself And Your Family From Cold And Flu

Are you worried about waking up with a scratchy throat and sniffles this winter, too? Imagine if you would enjoy the winter season with a healthy routine without a single episode of cold and flu.  

Yes! It is possible to a greater extent to prevent cold and flu if you get flu shots before the inevitable sniffle season comes to the shore.

Protect your family’s health during the coming winters without disrupting your busy schedule by getting flu shots at Family Urgent Care any day as per your convenience. Stay flu-free and healthy all winter! 

Why You Should Get Flu Shots?

The Centers for Disease Control And Prevention (CDC) emphasizes getting flu shots to protect yourself and your loved ones from getting flu. It can help you in the following ways: 

  • Prevent getting flu, cold, and other respiratory tract infections
  • Reduce the severity of illness even if you get flu or cold
  • Reduces chances of medical visits or hospitalizations
  • Can be life-saving for children and elderly
  • If you already have lung disease, you should go for a flu shot to reduce the risk of flu-related worsening of symptoms. 
  • Vaccinating pregnant women can not only help protect the mother but also the baby from flu infection for several months after birth. 

Who Should Get Flu Shots?

Annual flu shots should be given to everyone aged 6 months and above. People prone to influenza infection are highly recommended to get the shot, including the following: 

  • Children above 6 months of age
  • Adults of age 50 years and older
  • Immuno-compromised individuals 
  • People who are taking aspirin or salicylate-containing medication and aged between 6 months to 18 years.
  • People suffering from chronic illnesses, such as asthma, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, and diabetes.
  • People who are obese with BMI greater than 40
  • Pregnant women (in any trimester)
  • Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities

Who Should Not Get a Flu Shot?

Although you might assume that flu shots are harmless and can be given to every individual, certain factors, including some medical conditions, prohibit the administration of flu shots. These include:

  • Children younger than 6 months
  • If you previously had an allergic reaction to a previous dose of flu vaccine
  • Some individuals with a history of Guillain-Barré Syndrome
  • Anyone with egg allergy.
  • Individuals with life-threatening allergies to any flu vaccine ingredients
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What Is The Best Time To Get A Flu Shot?

You can receive your flu shots by the end of October every year before the virus starts circulating in the community. The vaccine is effective for about 6 months only until the flu season ends. Also, you need to get it once every year as the influenza virus strains keep on changing. Therefore, flu vaccines are also updated from one season to another. 

Get Flu Shots And Flu Treatment At Family Urgent Care

Feeling under the weather? Don’t hesitate to reach out to us! At Family Urgent Care, you can get flu shots before the flu season and also get flu treatment to help you bounce back faster. Whether you’re already experiencing flu symptoms or looking to prevent the flu, our medical experts are here to provide you with the best care you need. So, book a same-day appointment and visit us today to manage your flu symptoms!

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