Flu season begins in the early fall, around the end of September and lasts through the winter through Memorial Day. A virus affecting the upper respiratory system, influenza spreads quickly from person to person and affects people of all ages, leaving your entire family susceptible to falling ill. The CDC recommends annual flu shots for patients over six months in order to boot immunity for the current active strain of the virus. Flu shots are available starting in the fall.
Who should get a flu shot?
Everyone should get immunized against influenza, especially those who are considered to be high-risk for complications of the virus. This includes:
- Young children over six months old
- Senior citizens and the elderly
- Pregnant women
- Patients with chronic health conditions or illnesses
- Patients with compromised immune systems
- Patients working in schools and residential communities
Why should I get a flu shot?
The influenza virus spreads quickly and is highly contagious, allowing it to quickly spread through households, classrooms, offices and communities. The easiest way to avoid contracting the virus is by receiving an up-to-date flu shot each year. The flu shot is only effective for about six months, or one flu season. It is important to get your flu shot as early in the season as possible in order to give the vaccine time to take effect: it can take up to three weeks for the shot to set in and provide necessary immunization. By getting the vaccination early in the season, you’ll be able to give your body plenty of time to adjust and develop a resistance to the virus. Getting the vaccine as soon as it becomes available allows you to reduce much of the risk of contracting the virus before the immunization takes effect. Consult with your physician about when to get a flu shot and if you should consider another dose for protection late in flu season.
Walk-In Flu Shots in Northern Liberties & Fishtown, Philadelphia, PA
If you are interested in getting protected against the influenza virus this fall, visit AFC Urgent Care Northern Liberties for a flu shot! As the shot becomes available this September, we will be able to administer walk-in flu shots as well as treatment for patients who come down with the flu this season. Our center is open extended hours seven days a week and most major insurance plans are accepted, with low-cost flu shots and treatment available for self-pay patients. For questions, please call 267-319-8047.