Flu season is rapidly approaching, starting in September and extending through Memorial Day in the spring. The flu virus is highly contagious and can rapidly make its way through households, offices, retail teams and classrooms. People of all ages can catch the flu. The most effective way to prevent getting the virus is by getting an annual flu vaccination at AFC Urgent Care Louisville, which will provide protection against the current, active strain, starting in the early fall.
Should I get vaccinated against the flu?
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that everyone over the age of six months receives a vaccination against the flu virus annually. The shot is effective for about six months, providing you with protection for the season. Patients who may be at higher risk for complications from the virus should get a flu shot as soon as possible, including:
- Young children and school-aged children
- Pregnant women
- Senior citizens
- Patients with compromised immune systems
- Patients with chronic health conditions including cancer and diabetes
- Employees of academic or residential businesses and organizations
Benefits of the Flu Shot
Because the virus is so contagious and is constantly mutating, the most effective way to prevent getting sick is by getting vaccinated each year. By getting your flu shot early in the season, you will be able to give your body time to adjust to the shot and become immune to the virus. The flu vaccine typically takes between two and three weeks to take effect and by getting the shot as soon as it is available, you will be able to reduce the risk of being vulnerable when the virus is spreading through your community.
Flu Shots for Walk-In Patients in Louisville, Boulder & Superior, CO
If you are high-risk for developing complications from the influenza virus or want to provide your family with additional protection, visit AFC Urgent Care Louisville for a flu shot this fall! Flu shots are available in September. For questions about the flu shot, please call 720-961-9700.