bronx-flu-shotEvery year, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone older than 6 months of age receive a flu shot. The flu is an infectious respiratory illness, which approximately 3 million people in the United States get each year. Despite the vaccine’s effectiveness, many decide not to get the flu shot. Getting a flu shot is especially important for people with compromised immune systems, as the flu can lead to a number of life-threatening complications.

Each year, flu season begins around October and will extend all the way until mid-spring. The season typically peaks during the winter months, possibly due to the cold weather causing people to flock indoors. These congested indoor settings make it incredibly easy for the flu to spread, as a single infected person’s sneeze leaves everyone in their immediate surroundings vulnerable.

The best time to receive your flu shot is in the fall. If you get your shot around this time, you’ll be properly immunized for the entirety of the season.

Flu Symptoms

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Runny Nose
  • Long-Lasting Headache
  • Chills
  • Nausea/Vomiting (more prevalent with young children)
  • Muscle Aches
  • Fever

Benefits of Getting a Flu Shot

While the flu shot isn’t 100% perfect, it currently stands as the number one defense against Influenza. The flu can leave you bedridden for up to a week with its debilitating symptoms, so why not get just the flu shot?

Here at AFC Urgent Care Bronx, we administer flu shots 7 days a week – guaranteed to prepare you for flu season. The flu shot will protect you against multiple strands of the flu. Our center accepts most insurances and accommodates walk-ins every day. With our convenient location/parking and extensive hours of operation, we make it incredibly easy to get the flu shot.

By getting the flu shot, you’re not just protecting yourself, but everyone around you as well. Symptoms often don’t arise until days after you’ve been infected; meaning that during this period, you could be unknowingly infecting others around you.

So stop in today to give your body the proper defenses to combat the flu virus this season. Visit us today or call us at 718.925.4400 for more information.