Seasonal Flu Shots in Springfield & West Springfield, MA
The influenza virus, or the flu, affects millions of people per year, with hundreds of thousands of patients requiring hospitalization. The flu can result in further complications especially for the elderly, children, and sick. However, it is also easily prevented with a single dose vaccination. The flu shot is created each year and tailored to combat the flu strains that will be prominent for the current flu season, and is effective for about six months. For an up-to-date flu vaccine, visit AFC Urgent Care Springfield or AFC Urgent Care West Springfield this fall.
Symptoms of the influenza virus include:
- Body chills
- Muscle aches
- Stuffed or running nose
What does the flu shot do?
The flu shot exposes your body to a dead or weakened strain of the influenza virus, which prompts your immune system to begin creating antibodies, which fight off the virus. The flu shot will not make you feel symptoms of the flu. The vaccine takes two weeks to become fully effective, which is why it is recommended to get a flu vaccine as early as possible in the fall, between late September and early October.
Should I get a flu shot?
The flu shot is recommended for most people older than six months. Exceptions apply to patients who had an adverse reaction to a past flu shot, infants younger than six months and patients who have egg allergies. Patients considered to be high-risk for complications, including pregnant women, seniors, and patients with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems, should consult with their physician about the best time to get a flu shot for full protection throughout the season.
Walk-In Flu Shots in Springfield & West Springfield, MA
Visit one of AFC Urgent Care’s convenient locations in Springfield or West Springfield this fall for a flu vaccine. We administer flu shots on a walk-in basis seven days a week, so you never need to worry about fitting in an appointment in your busy schedule. Most major insurance plans are accepted.