While we may have already entered the height of flu season, it’s still not too late to get yourself a flu shot. And don’t think you’re out of the woods yet; the Center for Disease Control reports that flu season years carries over all the way into May some years. That means you’ll still be vulnerable for several more months, especially if you attend school or work in an office. These kinds of places are fraught with illnesses, such as the flu, making it important for not just your health to get a flu shot, but for the health of those around you.
The flu shot takes an average of two weeks before it becomes effective. This is because the body needs time to build up an immunity to the influenza virus, before it can fight if off. This means it’s essential for you to get a flu shot as soon as possible, as you don’t want to be caught off-guard during the two weeks your body’s building an immunity.
The Center for Disease Control reports that over 200,000 Americans are hospitalized each year due to the flu. However, the CDC goes onto estimate that 67,000 hospital trips are prevented each year thanks to the flu vaccine. This translates to an estimated 1.9 million flu infections that are also prevented. These numbers illustrate how effective the flu vaccine is, as the CDC strongly recommends each person gets a flu vaccine – ideally prior to the beginning of flu season.
Fortunately, we here at AFC Urgent Care Urgent Care Worcester still have plenty of flu shots in stock. Simply walk in to our facility anytime during the week and one of our staff members will be more than happy to administer you a flu shot. Our number one priority here is helping make Worcester County as healthy as possible, so we offer maximum accessibility to our patients. We also accept the majority of insurance plans, making us a cheaper option that nearly every alternative.
The reason we take the flu so seriously is because the influenza virus is a scary thing, and it should be taken seriously. People too often mistakenly associate it with the innocuous common cold, which is also a respiratory infection, but considerably less harmful. Influenza is highly contagious and people with the flu can infect anybody who comes within six feet of them, as bacteria stemming from coughs or sneezes are more than enough to infect people.
Visit us now to receive your flu shot, or to speak with one of our medical professionals, call us at 508.755.4010. We look forward to making your flu season flu-free!