Ready Yourself For Flu Season!
The influenza virus is highly contagious and has a season running from early fall through the end of spring. The virus is spread through contact with a person who has been infected with the virus, infected surfaces and through droplets of moisture sent through the air when a person with the flu coughs or sneezes. Millions of cases are reported each year, with between 100,000 and 800,000 hospitalizations stemming from complications. The most effective way to prevent getting the flu is by getting an annual flu vaccination, which provides immunity against the most common strains of the influenza virus for up to six months. Urgent Care of Mercer County can administer flu shots to walk-in patients seven days a week.
The flu is an upper respiratory infection with symptoms including:
- Fever and/or body chills
- Head and muscle aches
- Nausea and vomiting
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Sore throat
Who should get a flu shot?
The flu shot is recommended for most patients over the age of six months old. Patients who have egg allergies or have previously had an adverse reaction to a flu shot should consult with their physician about flu prevention alternatives to the vaccine. People who meet certain criteria may be at a higher risk of developing complications due to the virus and should get a flu shot early in the season to ensure protection for the duration of flu season, including:
- Pregnant women
- Young children
- Patients with compromised immune systems
- Patients with chronic health conditions
- Patients over the age of 60
Patients who are considered high risk for complications from the flu virus should consult with their physician about how early to get the flu shot and whether they might benefit from a second dose of the vaccine later in the season for full immunity.
Walk-In Flu Shots in Hamilton, Trenton & Robbinsville, NJ
If you are interested in getting a flu shot, visit Urgent Care of Mercer County today. We will be able to administer the vaccine as well as provide flu treatment if you fall ill. For question, please call (609)890-4100.