The flu stems from a highly contagious virus called influenza and is in season from early fall through the end of spring, spreading through contact with infected people as well as surfaces contaminated with the virus. The flu affects millions of patients per year, with hundreds of thousands of cases resulting in hospitalizations and thousands of deaths (over 34,000 during the 2019 flu season). While there are many steps you can take to prevent getting the virus, the most effective way is by getting an annual flu shot from AFC Urgent Care Danbury.
What are symptoms of the flu?
Symptoms of the flu virus may include:
- Muscle aches
- Stuffed and/or runny nose
- Sore throat
What does a flu shot do?
The flu shot provides immunity against the current strain of the flu virus by enabling your body to create antibodies against it. The flu shot is effective for about six months, or the duration of one flu season, which is why it is recommended to have it updated annually. The flu shot takes about two weeks to take effect, which is why it is recommended to get the vaccine early in flu season, generally between late September and early October for protection for as much of the season as possible.
Who should get a flu shot?
The flu shot is recommended for most patients over the age of six months, with few exceptions. Patients with egg allergies or who have previously experienced a bad reaction to the flu shot should consult with their physician before getting a flu shot about other methods of prevention. Patients who are considered to be higher risk for complications from the influenza virus should get their flu shot early, including:
- Patients over the age of 60
- Pregnant women
- Patients who are immunocompromised
- Patients who suffer from chronic health conditions
Walk-In Flu Shots in Danbury, CT
Don’t put yourself at risk for the flu virus this year. Visit one of AFC Urgent Care’s three convenient locations in Danbury on Main Street, Mill Plain Road and Newtown Road. Each center is open seven days a week and offers evening and weekend hours for your convenience. All three centers are equipped with onsite laboratories that can administer and analyze rapid flu tests if you fall ill.