The flu shot is your best defense against the serious danger presented by the flu virus. At Weekend Urgent Care, experienced physician Amos Ladouceur, MD, and the team provide seasonal flu shots for adults and children to protect clients’ respiratory health. The providers also offer on-site influenza testing to confirm symptoms like runny nose, body aches, and sore throat resulting from the flu. Call the View Park, California, office to schedule a flu shot for you or your family members, or book an appointment online today.
A flu shot is a preventive strategy that can lower your risk for serious illness and hospitalization if you develop the flu.
The flu (influenza) is an upper respiratory infection that affects your throat, nose, and lungs. While many people recover from the seasonal flu without complications, young children, the elderly, and those with chronic health issues can experience life-threatening complications.
Weekend Urgent Care offers flu shots for children and adults. They recommend you schedule an appointment ahead of the flu season, which usually peaks in February each year.
The providers also offer influenza testing on-site to confirm you have the flu if you’re experiencing symptoms that affect your upper respiratory system.
The flu shot works by introducing your body to a weakened or dead form of the influenza virus. This exposure helps your immune system recognize the virus, so it can start preparing its defense against it if you develop the flu at a later time.
By strengthening your immune system, you can lessen the severity of your flu symptoms and prevent serious, long-term health issues.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone over six months old get a seasonal flu shot yearly. It’s especially important for young children, the elderly, and those with chronic illness or a weakened immune system to stay updated with annual flu shots.
If you’re not able to get a shot because of allergies or other medical conditions, the Weekend Urgent Care providers can recommend strategies you or your child can use to avoid a flu infection.
Before flu shots are available to the public, they are thoroughly tested for safety and to ensure they offer protection against the most common flu strains for a particular season.
After getting your flu shot, you may experience mild side effects like redness, swelling, or discomfort at the injection site. You may also develop a mild fever. These issues typically go away in a few hours without any medical treatment.
If you have concerns or questions about the safety of the flu shot for you or your child, speak with the Weekend Urgent Care providers before you make any decisions. The physicians can provide educational resources to help you make the right choices about your health.
Call Weekend Urgent Care to schedule a flu shot appointment or book a consultation online today.