How Having a Flu Shot Can Keep You Healthy this Flu Season
Although it may sometimes go mistaken as a cold, the flu is a virus that, if left untreated, can result in death, especially among the elderly population. In fact, during the 2015 alone, between 80 and 90 percent of flu deaths affected those 65 or older. The flu season, which lasts from October through May, shouldn’t be thought of as dangerous to the elderly only though. Children and those with compromised immune systems are also extremely susceptible to flu. That being said, with flu season now in full swing, perhaps the most prudent thing you can do is be vaccinated against the flu. When you do so, you’re not only doing it for yourself, but in doing so you protect those you come in contact with as well.
Symptoms of the Flu
Let’s face it, no one likes being sick. At the Beyond Urgent Care walk-in clinic each day, any number of patients are seen during flu season displaying the severest of symptoms commonly associated with the flu including:
- sore throat
- aches and pains
When many come in sick and are diagnosed with the flu in our office, they tell us that they thought they would be able to stave off the illness. Had they taken a flu shot, they might have been able to, but they didn’t. Once diagnosed, even the healthiest of patients with the most resilient immune systems will spend two weeks sick in bed.
Who Can Have a Flu Shot?
Taking a few moments to come to Beyond Urgent Care at the beginning of flu season to get the flu vaccine can save you from expending unnecessary downtime sick down the road. The flu shot can be administered to virtually anyone, including kids as young as six months. Getting a flu shot doesn’t generally hurt nor does it cause any reaction and again, it goes a long way in not only protecting yourself, but in protecting others as well.
The Effectiveness of the Flu Vaccine
When one gets a flu shot, they shouldn’t expect 100% perfection though. Because of the many different strains of the virus that exist each year, the vaccine that is developed annually only prevents against the most dominate strain the Center for Disease Control expects to be the most prevalent. That being said, the effectiveness of the flu vaccine is placed at 50 to 60% each year as opposed to a full 100%.
Where to Get a Flu Shot
While most county public health departments in each city will offer flu shot clinics during flu season, these facilities are limited on staff, yet are responsible for providing government-sponsored healthcare to community residents that show up in masses. The demands placed on county health departments can cause them to operate slowly.
That being said, your best option for getting a flu shot is to visit a walk-in clinic where its staff can administer your dose of the flu vaccine and quickly send you on your way without a long wait. With flu season in full bloom, if you’re looking to get a flu shot and don’t know where to turn, visit us at Beyond Urgent Care where you can have it done!