syringe-957260_1280-e1475782373224Influenza, or simply “the flu” is a very severe disease that if undiagnosed or untreated can result in hospitalization or in more serious instances: death. Because the flu virus is adaptable, the vaccination is modified for every flu season. Generally, flu season starts at the beginning of October and goes until May. Throughout these months the flu virus spreads at greater rates in the population, which makes getting your annual flu vaccine even more important. AFC Urgent Care is available to provide up-to-date information to show patients that taking the shot and getting your flu vaccine is one you can’t miss.

 Did you know people can’t get the flu from a flu shot?

Flu vaccinations are comprised of dead particles of the influenza virus, but because the virus is not actually living it cannot affect a person. A person’s body needs about two weeks to create the necessary antibodies for the vaccine to take effect, which is primarily where the creation of this myth comes from. If a person contracts the flu or any cold before or shortly following having the flu shot administered, the vaccine is not the cause of the illness.

Did you know it’s better to get the flu shot rather than the flu?

The symptoms of influenza are similar to a cold and include fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, congestion, runny nose, headaches, and fatigue, however, the flu should be taken seriously because it has the potential to be a serious or even life-threatening disease. Young children, older adults, and seniors, as well as people diagnosed with chronic health conditions, including asthma, heart disease or diabetes, are at a greater risk of becoming infected. Any flu infection can potentially carry a risk of serious complications, such as hospitalization or even death, making it even more important for people to relieve their flu shots.

Did you know it is safe for pregnant women and small children to have the flu shot administered?

According to the CDC during any stage of their pregnancy, women are able to receive a flu shot. In fact, pregnant women are at an increased risk for complications and even hospitalization from the flu. Additionally, when a woman receives a flu vaccination during pregnancy, it can help protect their child from the flu during the first six months of life by “passing” the protection to the unborn child. After six months all children are able to receive the flu vaccine unless they’ve previously had an allergic reaction to the vaccination.

AFC Urgent Care Hartsdale is available for all your flu shot needs. Our center has received our shipment of the 2016-2017 flu vaccine and is fully stocked and prepared to offer flu shots to all patients! No appointments are needed to receive your annual flu shot, so simply stop by our center and you will be out the door and flu-free for the upcoming season!