Influenza (also known as “the flu”) is a highly contagious virus that affects millions of Americans each year. Influenza is the cause of about 250,000 annual hospitalizations of which 36,000 people (mostly over age 65) die from complications.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot each year. This is especially important for high-risk individuals such as small children and seniors over the age of 65 because they are more likely to contract the virus and suffer serious complications. The flu shot is a vaccine that protects against three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. The flu virus changes and builds resistance to antibiotics so, it’s important to receive a new vaccine each year to protect yourself from infection.
It is important to note that the benefits of getting a flu shot far outweigh the risk of side effects which include cold-like symptoms, soreness, and swelling. You can walk into our AFC Urgent Care center during our convenient, extended hours and receive your annual flu shot with no appointment necessary.
We accept most insurances and offer discounted self-pay rates so your flu shot will always be at a low cost to you. Take the steps to protect your health and visit AFC Urgent Care today! We’re open 7 days a week Mon-Fri from 8am-8pm and weekends from 8am-5pm to offer quality care at your convenience.