Getting the flu can leave you on the sidelines for days, even weeks. The majority of flu cases occur while the virus is in season, which begins in September and lasts through the end of May. Millions of cases are detected each year, with hundreds of thousands resulting in complications requiring hospitalization and even death. Over 34,000 casualties were reported as a result of complications from the influenza virus over the course of the 2019 flu season. The most effective way of preventing catching the flu is by getting an annual flu shot from AFC Urgent Care New Britain.
Symptoms of the flu
There are many symptoms associated with the flu virus and you may experience symptoms including:
- Muscle and body aches
- Nausea and vomiting
- Chest and nasal congestion
- Sore throat
What the flu shot does
The flu shot provides immunity against the flu by introducing a weakened strain of the virus to the body, allowing the immune system to create antibodies that will fight against the virus if exposed. The flu virus is continuously mutating and evolving, which is why it is important to get your flu shot updated annually to retain immunity. The flu shot takes about two weeks to take effect due to the time it takes to develop antibodies, which is why it is recommended to get the flu shot early in the season. Getting the flu shot in September or by mid-October allows your body time to become immune before the flu becomes rampant in your community.
Should I consider getting a flu shot?
The flu vaccine is recommended for almost all patients over the age of six months by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). It is not recommended for patients who are allergic to eggs or have had an adverse reaction to a past flu vaccine. Certain patients, including senior citizens, pregnant women, children and patients who are immunocompromised or have chronic health conditions, should consider getting a flu shot as early as possible in order to make sure they are immune before the flu makes its way into local offices, schools and homes.
Walk-In Flu Shots in New Britain, CT
If you are interested in getting a flu shot for additional protection this fall, visit AFC Urgent Care New Britain today! Our center administers flu shots seven days a week and most major insurance plans are accepted. Walk-in patients are always welcome. For more information, please call 860-357-6899.