Flu season runs from early fall to late spring, with millions contracting the virus every year. Did you know that the flu can be prevented with a simple vaccination? It is recommended that patients, especially children and seniors, receive a flu shot each year. The shot is configured to best meet the current strain of the virus, allowing your body to learn what it is and how to combat it.
What is the Flu Shot?
The flu shot is an injection of a weakened or dead strain of the current virus. Because it is not a full-strength strain, you won’t be able to get sick from the vaccination. However, the flu shot takes about two weeks to full take effect, during which time you can contract the virus. Because of the time it takes to set in, it is recommended that you get a flu shot before the end of October, though you can get one at any time during the season.
Who Should Get the Flu Shot?
Per CDC recommendations, everyone over the age of six months as well as individuals with certain risk factors should receive a flu vaccination annually to provide protection during the season. Risk factors include:
- Children with undeveloped immune systems
- People with chronic health conditions
- Pregnant women
- Senior citizens
Flu Shots in South Plainfield, NJ
If you are interested in getting the flu shot before the season really takes off, visit AFC Urgent Care South Plainfield today! Our center is open seven days a week, with convenient weekend and evening hours. Walk-in patients are always accepted, or you can check in online! Most major health insurances are accepted, with low copay flu shots available for self-pay patients. If you want more information, please call 908-222-3500.