Seasonal Flu Shots in Saugus, MA
The influenza virus, also known as the flu, is a seasonal illness that affects millions of patients each year, with hundreds of thousands requiring hospitalization due to the severity of symptoms and complications. There are several steps patients can take to prevent catching the virus each year, with the most effective being the annual flu vaccination.
The flu shot is recommended for nearly everyone over the age of six months. AFC Urgent Care Saugus is able to administer them seven days a week, no appointment necessary! Visit us today to get your flu shot and stay healthy all flu season
Who should get a flu shot?
Anyone over six months of age should get the flu shot. Those who are heathy have less of a chance to spread the flu to others when they get a flu shot. Patients who are considered high risk should get their flu shot by the end of October to be protected all flu season.
Patients who are considered higher risk include:
- Pregnant women
- Seniors and people over the age of 65
- Young children
- Patients who are immunocompromised
- Patients who have chronic health conditions including diabetes, asthma and cancer
What are side effects of the flu shot?
The flu shot is not ideal for everyone. Patients who have previously had an adverse reaction to a flu shot or have an egg allergy should consult with their physician about flu prevention alternatives to the vaccine.
While you cannot get the flu from a flu shot, you may experience side effects from the shot itself. These side effects can include soreness in the arm, redness, and slight bruising. These side effects should go away in a few days.
How does the flu shot work?
The flu shot exposes your body to the influenza virus by injecting a weakened or dead strain of the virus. This allows your body to learn and recognize the virus and develop antibodies that will automatically begin to fight against it. This will then prevent you from exhibiting symptoms and provide immunity against the current, active strain of the virus.
The flu shot is only effective for about six months, or the duration of one flu season. Because the flu shot prompts the formation of antibodies, it takes about two weeks for the flu shot to become effective, which is why is it recommended to get it in late September to early October.
Walk-in Flu Shots for Patients in Saugus, MA
AFC Urgent Care Saugus offers flu shots on a walk-in basis, no appointment necessary. We accept most major insurances, and they typically all cover flu shots. For those without insurance we offer affordable pricing for the vaccine.
Visit us today at our location on Route 1 South at 371 Broadway in Saugus, MA or call 781-233-1000 for more information.