What a wonderful time of year! The leaves are changing, the holidays are about to start, and of course, it’s almost Flu Season! Yay! On a more sobering note, last year was one of the deadliest of flu seasons we have seen in a long time. Reportedly, more than 80,000 people died last year from the flu alone. The CDC has issues a statement that everyone over the age of 6-months needs to get the flu shot this year. So on behalf of all of us at AFC Urgent Care West Hartford, we have put together this blog to inform you of everything you need to know about flu shots this season.
When and where can I get a Flu Shot this year?
The CDC suggests that you get your flu vaccine as early as the end of October. Typically, the flu vaccine will last all through the season (until March), so there is not need to worry that it will wear off too soon at this point in time.
This year, AFC Urgent Care West Hartford will be offering the most recent flu vaccine. The flu vaccine changes every year as the flu virus changes. It is highly recommended to receive a yearly flu shot by all those over the age of 6 months. You will be able to walk-in and receive a flu shot anytime during business hours. An appointment is never required and most insurances cover the vaccine.
Last year I got the vaccine and I still got the flu, why do I need a flu shot this year?
It is important to remember that even after receiving the flu vaccine, it is still possible to contract the flu. Not probable, but possible. However, if you do get the flu the same season, your symptoms will be far less acute and you could be saved from the flu turning fatal.
Myth buster!: You can not contract the flu from a flu shot. The virus in your shot has been weakened to the point that it will not actually get you sick, but will encourage your body to start creating antibodies to fight a possible flu.
Fun Flu Fact!: Another great side effect of getting the flu shot is that it not only protects you against the flu, but effectively boosts your immune system. By getting the vaccine you are decreasing your chance of getting sick in any form this season.
Does my child need the flu shot this year even if they’re healthy?
Last year, during the Flu Season epidemic, health care providers found that there was no evident connection between children diagnosed with severe cases of flu who had compromised immune systems, and those who did not. However, it is important to note that according to the CDC, 80% of the fatalities that took place were of children who did not receive a flu shot.
If you or a loved one is developing flu like symptoms you can walk right into our urgent care center, no appointment necessary, at 1030 Boulevard, West Hartford, CT 06119-1801. At AFC Urgent Care West Hartford, we are open 7 days a week and ready to treat you. You can save time by checking in online and we accept most insurances.