Is November Too Late to Get the Flu Vaccine?

November 10, 2023

With cold and flu season upon us, it is important to take preventative measures to avoid getting sick. The flu shot is a great way to protect yourself from severe flu symptoms this fall. Learn about when to get the flu shot and what the side effects are.

Benefits of Getting the Flu Vaccine

During the busy fall months, it can be difficult to keep track of your health. But, with cold and flu season upon us, it is important to ensure that you’re protected this fall to avoid serious illness. The flu vaccine is often covered by insurance and available at pharamacies and urgent care centers, making it quick and easy to get.

The flu vaccine works by introducing your body to a dead influenza virus. This allows your body to build up antibodies to the virus, allowing it to be better prepared for an actual exposure. This ultimately will prevent severe illness, as your body will have the necessary means to fight off the virus as soon as it encounters it.

Common Flu Symptoms:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Body aches
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Congestion

When Should You Get the Flu Vaccine?

Most healthcare professionals suggest getting the flu vaccine two weeks before flu season begins. Typically, flu season begins in early October, meaning that the best time to get the vaccine is late September. However, if you haven’t had a chance to get your flu vaccine, its not too late. The flu virus circulates through the end of May, meaning that the vaccine can still offer protection against the flu.

Anyone older than 6 months of age can get the flu vaccine, but if you have underlying health conditions you should speak to a healthcare professional about your eligability. The flu vaccine can cause minor side effects for 24 hours following the injection. These side effects can include discomfort at the site of the injection, a mild fever, body aches, chills and fatigue. However, some people may not have any symptoms following the vaccine and all symptoms should resolve after 24 hours.

Get Flu Shots on a Walk-In Basis at AFC Urgent Care Bedford

The best way to protect yourself from illness this fall is to take preventative measures. Getting your flu shot is an easy and safe way to ensure that you are protected from serious illness. At AFC Urgent Care Bedford, we offer flu shots to patients in Bedford, MA and the surrounding communities with no appointment required. Our clinic is open for walk-in patients 7 days a week with extended business hours. Simply walk into our clinic when it is convenient for you.

We accept most medical insurances and offer cost-efficient care for patients paying out of pocket so that you can ensure that you and your family are protected from the flu this flu season. Simply walk into our clinic, or schedule an appointment online. If you have additional questions about our clinic or the services that we provide, please contact us directly by calling 781-430-8161.

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