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The flu stems from a highly contagious virus called influenza. It is in season from early fall through the end of spring, spreading through contact with infected people and surfaces contaminated with the virus. The flu affects millions of patients per year, with hundreds of thousands of cases resulting in hospitalizations and thousands of deaths (over 34,000 during the 2019 flu season).
AFC Urgent Care Danbury offers flu shots to anyone over six months of age. This is the best way to keep yourself safe during flu season. We accept most major insurances, and offer affordable costs to all other patients.
Signs & symptoms of the flu vary between case. Some patients experience mild symptoms, while others may experience severe ones. This depends on your overall health, age, and whether or not you receive a flu shot. Symptoms of the flu virus may include:
The flu shot provides immunity against the current strain of the flu virus by enabling your body to create antibodies against it. The flu shot is effective for about six months, or the duration of one flu season. The flu virus is constantly mutating, so its recommended to receive one updated annually. The flu shot takes about two weeks to take effect, which is why it is recommended to get the vaccine early in flu season, between late September and early October for protection for as much of the season as possible.
The flu shot is recommended for most patients over the age of six months. Patients with egg allergies or who have had previous allergic reactions to the flu shot should consult with their physician about other methods of prevention. Patients who are considered to be higher risk for complications from the influenza virus should get their flu shot early, including:
Don’t put yourself at risk for the flu virus this year. Visit one of AFC Urgent Care’s three convenient locations in Danbury on Main Street, Mill Plain Road and Newtown Road. Each center is open seven days a week and offers evening and weekend hours for your convenience. All three centers are equipped with onsite laboratories that can administer and analyze rapid flu tests if you fall ill.
With state-of-the-art centers and a professional medical team, AFC provides on-site X-rays, labs, procedures, and more!
Urgent care is for medical conditions that require prompt attention but do not pose an immediate threat to your health or life. Here is a simple rule of thumb: if your medical issues(s) are life threatening, call 911, or go directly to a hospital emergency room. If not, an urgent care center such as AFC is an excellent alternative.