Why Get The Flu Shot Vaccine?
What you need to know about getting your flu vaccination at AFC Urgent Care of North Carolina.
Influenza, better known as the Flu is one of the most contagious viruses in the world. Capable of spreading one day before symptoms and up to nine days after, the flu is a virus you want to protect yourself against every year! Germs from the flu are capable of spreading 6 feet through coughs and sneezes and can live on surfaces for up to eight hours! Most people who contract the virus deal with symptoms of high fevers, head and body aches, tiredness, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, cough, and nausea; causing them to miss out on daily activities. Vaccinations for the flu can prevent the unnecessary time spent away from work, school and other activities.
It is important to see a trusted medical provider for your vaccination to ensure you are receiving the most current vaccine with the proper implementation. Medical staff at AFC Urgent Care facilities work with individuals and many large companies to provide flu shots to all their employees, they are experienced and up to date on the latest medical research. AFC Urgent Cares, like the one in North Carolina , are staffed with multiple certified medical professionals to provide you with quick vaccinations that won’t take up your day. The timing of flu is very unpredictable and can vary in different parts of the country and from season to season. Seasonal flu viruses can be detected year-round; however, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May. Don’t risk your health to a virus you can easily protect yourself against!
What you need to know about this season’s Flu Vaccine
Timing is everything. It takes up to two weeks after the vaccine for the antibodies to fully develop in your system. The vaccine stays within the system over a year, but weakens over time. This is why it is important to receive the flu vaccination in the fall before the peak of flu season. The flu peak season varies year to year, however commonly falls between December and March.
New this flu season:
- Only injectable flu shots are recommended. Nasal swabs have been discontinued due to ineffectiveness
- Flu vaccines have been updated to better match this season
- There are new flu vaccines on the market this season, including ones for people with egg allergies
- Generic versions of the flu antiviral drug oseltamivir have become available
The Flu Treatment at AFC Urgent Care of North Carolina
If you do contract the flu, the last thing you want to do is endure waiting for hours on end to be seen. AFC Urgent Care can have you in and out, and quickly get you on the road to recovery in half the time; getting you back to the one place you want to be—bed.
Treatment for the flu can vary, which is why seeing a professional is in your best interest. Our medical staff will provide you with answers to any of your questions, provide a treatment plan, call in prescriptions, discuss side effects, and any follow up recommendations.
Once you have received treatment you should remain away from the public for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone. When the fever is reduced, be diligent about disinfecting and washing hands. Keep distance from those who are at high risk of contracting viruses: Infants, Elderly, Pre-Op and Post-Op Patients, anyone with a pre-existing condition that weakened their immune system. Continue to avoid strenuous activities, eat healthy and get plenty of rest. Weakened immune systems are more susceptible to contracting other illnesses (including different strands of the flu!)
Come see us today. Give your body the best line of defense by getting your flu shot every year!