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One of the oldest and most effective methods of preventing the flu is by getting your annual flu shot. The seasonal flu vaccine protects against three different influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. The best time to start getting your annual flu shot is between the months of September and October, right before the season reaches its peak by December.
However, some patients may not remember to get their flu shot, or simply ignore the need to get an updated vaccine. Without a flu shot, a patient is likely to experience a variety of debilitating health conditions.
If you need a flu shot before the start of the flu season, or ASAP, please make sure to visit AFC Urgent Care Methuen to get your shot!
The flu, also known as influenza, is one of the most deadly illnesses people come in contact. The disease , killing over 36,000 people worldwide a year from complications. Flu season starts as early as October and can last up until May.
Some common symptoms of the flu include:
Flu shots and annual vaccines help individuals develop an immunity from influenza, since the disease updates and adapts each year. This means that older flu shots are not as effective in preventing the flu and patients need the shot every year.
Getting a flu shot can help protect others around you who are more vulnerable. In the case you do get the flu, symptoms will be much less severe after getting the flu shot.
At AFC Urgent Care Methuen, we want to help keep you and your family healthy and safe, which is why we offer preventative flu vaccines for patients 1 year or older. Open seven days a week, we administer walk-in seasonal flu shots as a part of our preventative care services.
For more information about flu shots or other urgent care services we provide, call us at 978-975-0700 or walk into our center any day of the week. We are located at 380R Merrimack Street in Methuen! Stop by today!
Most people get over the flu within a couple weeks of experiencing symptoms like headaches, body aches, sore throat, and runny nose. However, complications can occur: inflammation of the heart and brain, organ failure, and inflammatory response being just a few.
People over 65, people with chronic conditions like asthma, pregnant women, and young children are all at risk of developing complications.
AFC Urgent Care Methuen is now open till 8 pm on weekdays! Walk-ins welcome.