With flu season quickly approaching, it is important to make sure you and your family are protected against the influenza virus by getting an updated flu shot this fall. The flu shot is the most effective form of prevention against the influenza virus, which can range from mild to severe and even fatal in some cases. Flu cases can last from a few days to several weeks. By getting a flu shot early in the season, you can ensure that your body has plenty of time to adjust to the vaccine and provide you with immunity against the common strains before the virus begins to spread widely throughout your home, office, classrooms or dormitories.
Should I get a flu shot?
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that any individual over six months old should receive a flu shot to prevent catching the virus. Because the influenza virus is continuously evolving and mutating, getting the shot each year is critical to protecting you each year. The flu shot offers protection against the virus for about six months, the length of the flu season. Patients who are considered higher risk for complications or more severe symptoms of the virus are recommended to get a flu shot as soon as possible, including:
- Senior citizens over the age of 65
- Young children
- Pregnant women
- Patients with chronic health conditions
- Patients who are immunocompromised
- Patients who work in a residential field or are caretakers for children
Certain patients, including those with egg allergies, should not get the flu shot in order to prevent complications. If you have an egg allergy or have had a negative reaction to a flu shot in the past, ask your physician about flu prevention options that could be better for you.
What are the symptoms of the flu?
The flu is an upper respiratory infection with symptoms including:
- High fever
- Chest congestion
- Nasal Congestion
- Runny or stuffed nose
- Muscle, head and body aches
Walk-In Flu Shots in Thornton, CO
If you are interested in getting a flu shot or having your family receive flu shots, visit AFC Urgent Care Thornton during our convenient walk-in hours. For more information, please call 720-751-2910.