Flu Shot

Flu Shots

While you might not think of the flu as something serious, the truth is that the flu virus has become a major concern over the last few years. According to the CDC:

  • up to 20 percent of Americans get the flu every year
  • of those, over 200,000 require hospitalization
  • a study shows that anywhere from 3,000 to 49,000 people die every year from respiratory or circulatory diseases that arise from complications of the seasonal flu
Flu Shots
  • Who Should Get The Shot? (click to view)

    Although our Broward Outpatient Urgent Care office will offer the flu shot to anybody who requests it, it’s especially important for pregnant women, the elderly and young children to get a flu shot. That’s because they are at a higher risk of complications from the flu. All children over the age of six months can be vaccinated against the flu.

    People with asthma, kidney/liver disease or a compromised immune system (because of cancer of HIV/AIDS) also have an increased risk of complications if they sick with the flu, so they should get vaccinated.

    If you are taking any medications or previously had a bad reaction to the flu shot or to another vaccine, let the doctor know when you first come in. Your doctor will then decide whether you are a good candidate for the flu shot or not.

    Who Should Get The Shot?
  • What Happens During Your Visit? (click to view)

    Before you get a flu shot for the first time, our clinical staff will check your vital signs and your temperature. If you have a fever, you might need to postpone getting the flu shot for a few days.

    Please note that if you are allergic to eggs, you should let your doctor know before you get a flu shot. That’s because the standard flu vaccine has egg protein in it and could cause a severe allergic reaction. Egg-free flu vaccine is available, so discuss this option with your doctor during your first visit.

    Unless you have an egg allergy, side effects of the flu vaccine are rare. Most people experience some discomfort at the site of injection, as well as some muscle aches and sometimes a fever. If you are feeling unwell when you go in for your flu shot, let your doctor know. He will consider your current condition and decide whether it’s a better idea to postpone the vaccination for a week or two, until you have completely recovered.

    What Happens During Your Visit?
  • When to Get the Vaccine? (click to view)

    If you wait until flu season starts, in late October, to get the flu shot, it might be too late. In some areas of the country, flu season starts early, so it’s important to get the shot earlier if you plan on traveling to another state. In addition, there’s always the possibility of short supplies if you wait until winter, when everybody is getting vaccinated.

    For best results and peace of mind, we suggest you get your flu shot in August or September. It takes at least 2 weeks for the vaccine to create antibodies to protect you against the flu, so getting vaccinated early ensures better protection.

    When to Get the Vaccine?
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