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Flu season runs from early fall through the end of spring, which can affect your chances of getting sick throughout the coldest months of the year. The influenza virus is highly contagious and mutates year to year, making it easy to catch through contact. Luckily, prevention is as easy as a simple vaccination: the flu shot boosts your immunity against the virus and protects both you and your family from infection at work, school or while shopping.
The CDC recommends that everyone over the age of six months gets a flu shot at the start of each flu season, generally by mid-October. Patients who are considered high-risk should get their flu shots early in the season and consult with their doctor about further immunization towards the end of the season. High-risk patients include:
The flu is highly contagious and can quickly make its way through your community, leaving you with symptoms for up to 10 days. The flu shot is the most effective way to prevent contracting the virus, but it is not immediately effective. It takes about two weeks for your body to be able to learn and recognize the virus and prevent symptoms. By getting your flu shot now, you’ll have time to build a resistance before the first cases are reported in your town and stay protected through the end of the season. Flu shots are also covered by the majority of insurance plans and available for low costs to self-pay patients.
If you have not gotten your flu shot yet, visit AFC Urgent Care North Bergen today! Our urgent care center accepts walk-in patients seven days a week, including weekends for busy people and family visits. For questions, please call (201) 588-1300.
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.