flu shotsThree million people each year contract the influenza virus. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) insists that everyone receive a flu shot each year. Despite this, many still fail to get a flu shot. The vaccine can protect you against multiple strands of the flu, saving you from suffering any potentially life-threatening conditions.

Flu season begins every year in the early fall and will continue into mid-Spring, typically ending in late-April or early-May. Flu season will then peak around January and February. While the belief that the cold weather directly causes winter illnesses is largely incorrect, the reason the flu thrives during the winter months is because people spend more time indoors during these months. Therefore, congested indoor settings like trains, coffee shops, schools and business offices are often swimming with flu particles around this time. When a single infected person coughs or sneezes, anyone in their vicinity is vulnerable to contracting the flu.

Influenza’s Symptoms

  • Coughing/Sneezing
  • Fever (generally over 101 degrees)
  • Runny Nose/Congestion
  • Headache
  • Cold Chills/Cold Sweats
  • Nausea (more common in children)
  • Sore Muscle

Benefits of Getting a Flu Shot

The influenza vaccine is the best defense against the flu. Flu symptoms are annoying, aggravating and often unbearable, so why not get a flu shot?

At AFC Urgent Care Hartsdale, we accept all walk in visits for flu shots. We are always stocked with vaccines during flu season. We administer vaccinations to patients of all ages 7 days a week.

Remember: by getting a flu shot, you’re not just protecting yourself against the flu, you’re protecting everyone around you as well. Visit us today to receive your flu shot to make sure you enjoy a flu-free flu season!