Important Information about the Flu Shot and the Influenza Virus
What is the Flu?
The flu is a highly contagious disease caused by the influenza virus that typically leads to symptoms such as?fever, cough, sore throat, chills, headache, fatigue, and ?body aches which lasts for several days. In some severe complications, hospitalization or even death can occur as a result of the illness. The flu season typically begins during the month of october in the United States and reaches its peak during the following January or?February.
Why Get the Flu Shot?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) presented data?in 2013, indicating that “flu vaccination prevented an estimated 13.6 million flu cases, 5.8 million medical visits and nearly 113,000 flu-related hospitalizations in the United States over a 6-year period (2005-2011)”. A yearly flu shot is strongly recommended as new strains of the influenza virus differ on an annual basis therefore patients who received the flu shot in previous years may not be protected from the circulation of new strains in preceding years.
Who Should Get the Flu Shot?
The?the New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley supported the statements issued by the CDC, saying that everyone six months and older should get a flu vaccine every year. Certain people are more prone to serious complications of the virus without flu treatments such as?pregnant women, young children, senior citizens and also individuals with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, or heart or lung disease.
The Flu Shot from Urgent Medical Care
Our walk-in clinic allows for visitors to conveniently receive the flu shot according to their respective availability and schedules. Receive urgent care for your medical needs without appointments or referrals.?The injection process promises to be a painlessly simple procedure at Urgent Medical Care where in-house registered nurses are proficiently trained in applying vaccination without compromising the comfort of the patient.
Most insurances are accepted. A flu shot at Urgent Medical Care Union Square is competitively priced at $10 for uninsured visitors.