Seasonal Flu Shots in Malden, MA
Flu shots are the most effective way to prevent contracting the influenza virus, and should be administered each year due to the virus’ evolution. By getting an annual flu shot at AFC Urgent Care Malden, you will be getting the most up-to-date version of the vaccine, providing immunity against the most common strain of the virus for the coming flu season. Flu season runs from early fall to late spring and can be highly contagious, quickly spreading through areas where people are in close contact including classrooms, workplaces and even your own home. Flu shots are recommended for most patients over the age of six months.
The flu virus is considered an upper respiratory infection and can last between a few days and a few weeks. Symptoms of the virus include:
- Fever or body chills
- Chest or nasal congestion
- Nausea and vomiting
- Head, muscle and body aches
- Sore throat
Should I get a flu shot?
It is recommended that most patients get an annual flu shot, with a few exceptions. Children under six months old are too young for the flu shot to take effect and patients with egg allergies could have an adverse reaction. Patients who have had an adverse response to a past flu shot should consult with their physician about flu prevention alternatives to the flu shot. Some patients may be considered higher risk for complications or more severe cases of the virus and should get a flu shot as early in the season as possible:
- Pregnant women
- Elderly patients over 60 years old
- Young children
- Patients with ongoing or chronic health conditions
- Patients with immune deficiencies
How long does the flu shot last?
The flu vaccination provides immunity against the influenza virus for about six months, or the duration of one flu season. This is why it is critical to get an updated flu vaccine each fall to get protection against the current strain.
Walk-In Flu Shots in Malden, MA
If you are interested in getting a flu shot, visit AFC Urgent Care Malden! Flu shots typically become available in mid to late September. For questions or more information about flu shots and if they are right for you, please call 781-322-7300.