Do I Really Need to Get a Flu Shot This Year?

Yes! Getting your flu shot is especially important this year in order to avoid the deadly combo of the flu and COVID-19, or what is becoming commonly known as the “twindemic.”

There are more people whose health is at risk than you might think, so staying vigilant and getting your flu shot is more important this year than in years past. Read on as our team at AFC Urgent Care Northern Liberties provides some more information.

What Does the Flu Shot Do?

Experts always say that we need to get them, but how do flu shots work? The CDC tells us that flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are used to make the vaccine.

The flu shot protects against the influenza viruses that researchers say will be most common during the upcoming season. This typically means that they will protect from two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses.

Benefits of the Flu Shot

  • Less risk of getting sick from getting the flu
  • Less severe symptoms if you do get the flu
  • Especially helpful for children
  • Promotes the wellness of people around you

At What Age and When Should I Get the Vaccine?

As usual, the CDC recommends nearly everyone over the age of 6 months to get their vaccine this year. It’s especially important for seniors over the age of 65 to get their flu shots as they are at greater risk of getting both the flu and COVID-19.

Doctors suggest that everyone get their flu shots by the end of October. The flu season usually lasts from November through March or April, so getting your flu shots at the start of the fall will ensure that you are covered through the winter.

Other Ways to Prevent the Flu

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly.
  • Wear a mask when in public.
  • Frequently sanitize counters and food surfaces in your home.
  • Minimize touching of the face with unwashed hands.

Still need a flu shot? AFC Urgent Care Northern Liberties can get you taken care of today!

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