The flu shot is an important way to stay safe and healthy each flu season. It’s the only way to truly prevent yourself and others from getting the flu. While it’s not 100% effective, it is extremely important to protect those at higher risk of developing complications. AFC Urgent Care Short Hills provides patients with a flu shot on a walk-in basis. You don’t need an appointment to receive yours.
Visit our center to get your flu shot or to receive treatment for other illnesses this flu season.
Who Should Get a Flu Shot
While everyone should plan on receiving their flu shot this season (with some exceptions), some groups of individuals should plan on getting theirs sooner. Anyone over six months can receive their flu shot, except for those with egg allergies. Different types of flu shots are approved for different types of people, such as infants, those 65 and older, pregnant women, and those with health complications.
Those with asthma, heart disease, diabetes, or kidney disease are also considered high risk. Along with those 65 and older, these individuals are more likely to suffer from complications if they get the flu. This can result in hospitalization or death. Otherwise healthy individuals should receive their flu shot, especially if they work with or see these groups regularly.
When You Should Get a Flu Shot
For most types of flu vaccines, it takes two weeks for the body to develop antibodies to protect against the flu virus. Flu season runs from fall into winter, with peak times in December and February. It’s recommended to get vaccinated by the end of October. This will give your body enough time to provide protection for the entirety of flu season.
The flu shot is typically available by the middle of September, so plan ahead and stay safe this season.
Why Do I Need a Flu Shot?
There are multiple reasons to receive your annual flu shot. For starters, receiving your flu shot lowers your chance of catching it, and in the case that you still do, lessens the severity of your symptoms. The flu virus constantly changes, so that is why it’s recommended to get a shot every year. It can help protect against the virus each season.
Additionally, receiving a shot lowers the chance of transmitting the virus to other individuals. As mentioned above, certain groups are at a higher risk of getting the flu. By receiving a flu shot, you are lowering the chance of increased hospitalizations and deaths. As the Delta variant of COVID becomes more prevalent, it’s essential for everyone to do what they can to keep hospitalizations at bay.