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Influenza (the Flu) is a serious illness affecting millions of Americans, of which about 250,000 are hospitalized each year. Of those, about 36,000 people, mostly over age 65, die each year from complications. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone six months and above get a flu shot. The seasonal flu vaccine protects against three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season.
Next time the flu season arrives, be sure to get vaccinated at AFC Urgent Care Waltham. Our walk-in urgent care clinic administers flu shots seven days a week – no appointment necessary!
The flu shot works by using a weakened strain of the current influenza virus to help your body build immunity to the disease. Influenza strains update and change annually, which means that you’ll need the vaccine to protect against common flu symptoms.
Getting a seasonal flu shot prevents symptoms such as:
Side effects from the flu vaccine are very rare. If they do occur, it’s within a few minutes to a few hours after getting the shot and may include soreness and/or swelling in your arm or cold-like symptoms.
It is important to note that the benefits of getting a flu shot far outweigh the risk of flu shot side effects. The vaccine is typically covered by your insurance plan (contact your provider for details).
You can walk in to AFC Urgent Care Waltham any day of the week, from 8am to 8pm, for your seasonal flu vaccination, and take the steps to protect your health!
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.