In the fall and winter months, the influenza virus reaches epidemic status, spreading quickly through locally communities and businesses where people are in close contact for multiple hours a day, including living facilities and dormitories. The virus affects the respiratory system with symptoms ranging from mild to severe. Millions of patients contract the flu virus each year, with hundreds of thousands of casualties reported. There are many ways you can prevent coming down with the flu each year, but the most effective form of prevention is by getting the flu vaccine. AFC Urgent Care South Portland offers walk-in flu shots to patients seven days a week.
What are the symptoms of the flu?
Symptoms of the flu may vary from case to case and may include:
- Body chills
- Nasal congestion
- Chest congestion
- Muscle aches
How does the flu shot provide immunity against the influenza virus?
The flu shot exposes your body to a weakened strain of the influenza virus, which causes your immune system to begin producing antibodies. Antibodies are what allows your body to recognize and fight against a virus without exhibiting symptoms or spreading the illness. Antibodies take about two weeks to form and take effect, which is why it is critical to get the flu shot early in the season. It is recommended to get your flu shot between September and the end of October to make sure you are immune before the flu makes its way through your community.
Should I get a flu shot?
Most patients should be getting a flu shot each year. Patients who have had a negative reaction to a previous flu vaccine or are allergic to eggs should speak to their doctor about preventative alternatives before getting an updated vaccination. Some patients, including senior citizens, pregnant women and patients who are immunocompromised or have chronic health conditions should get their flu shot as early in the season as possible.
Walk-In Flu Shots in South Portland, ME
Don’t wait to get your flu shot. Visit AFC Urgent Care South Portland to get your flu shot today! Our center accepts walk-in patients seven days a week, and the flu shot is covered by most major insurance plans. For uninsured patients, we offer low-cost flu vaccines. For more information, please call (207) 358-3188.