Flu Shots in Marlborough, MA
Flu season is here! The virus is highly contagious, affecting millions of patients per year with hundreds of thousands winding up hospitalized due to severe symptoms and complications. Cases can resolve in a few days or a few weeks. While there are several ways you can go about preventing the virus, the most effective form of prevention is by getting an annual flu vaccine which provides you with immunity for up to six months, or the duration of one flu season. AFC Urgent Care Marlborough administers flu shots to walk-in patients seven days a week.
Symptoms of the flu
Symptoms of the influenza virus include:
- Body and headaches
Who should get a flu shot?
The flu shot is recommended for almost all patients, ranging from six months old through the elderly. Patients who are considered higher risk should consult with their doctor about when to get the flu shot for optimal protection, as well as whether or not a second dosage is recommended for protection later in the season. Higher risk groups include:
- Seniors over the age of 60
- Pregnant women
- Young children
- Patients who are immunocompromised
- Patients with chronic health conditions including asthma, diabetes, cardiac conditions and cancer
The flu vaccination is not recommended for all patients. If you have an egg allergy, consult with your physician prior to getting a flu shot about prevention alternatives due to the ingredients of the vaccine. Patients who have also had a negative reaction to a past flu shot should also speak to a medical professional prior to getting a flu shot about alternatives.
How does the flu vaccine prevent me from getting the flu?
The flu vaccination prompts your body to begin developing antibodies to the current strain of the influenza virus. The antibodies will be able to fight against the virus if you are exposed to a live case, preventing you from developing or exhibiting any symptoms. The vaccine is effective for about six months.
Walk-In Flu Shots in Marlborough, MA
Visit AFC Urgent Care Marlborough if you are interested in getting the flu shot for yourself, your family or your staff. Our center is open seven days a week, with extended hours in the evening and on weekends for your convenience.
For more information about our seasonal flu shots, please call us at 508-658-0764, or visit us at 38 Boston Post Road West in Marlborough MA!