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Why Should Everyone Get the Flu Shot?

Why Should Everyone Get the Flu Shot?

Are you ready to protect yourself against the flu? Our team at AFC Urgent Care Southcenter want you to know who the flu shot is for, as well as ways you can prevent the flu this season.

Who Should Get the Flu Vaccine?

The short answer is: almost everyone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that nearly everyone age 6 months and older receive an annual flu shot.

It's especially important for those at high risk to get the vaccine—this includes older adults, young children and those with chronic medical conditions.

Prevention of the Flu

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water.
  • Disinfect commonly touched surfaces.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Eat a balanced diet.
  • Get regular exercise.
  • Avoid contact with those who are infected.

Can the Flu Shot Give You the Flu?

The answer to this question is no. The flu shot is made up of inactivated versions of the flu virus, so you cannot get the flu from the flu shot.

You can, however, get the flu during the two-week period after your vaccination, as your body builds up the necessary antibodies. And you can also get a different strain of the flu than the ones in this year's formulation.

Symptoms of the Flu

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny
  • Stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Did you get a flu shot? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Southcentertoday! No appointment is necessary!

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