Why Is It So Important to Get the Flu Shot?

Did you know millions of people every year get the flu? Wouldn’t it be great if you could go through a flu season without getting sick?

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Fountain City wants to offer you tips on how you can prevent the flu this season and the signs of flu to watch for.

Why Do You Need to Get the Flu Shot?

The bottom line? The flu vaccine is your best defense against the flu. It’s recommended that you receive the flu shot annually in the early fall.

Doing so allows your body the two weeks it needs to build up antibodies against the flu and protect you when flu season is in full swing.

Flu Prevention

  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Disinfect commonly touched surfaces often.
  • Don’t touch your face with your hands.
  • Steer clear of those with the illness.
  • Keep your immune system in good shape with regular exercise and a balanced diet.

What If I Get the Flu Anyways?

Even when we take our best precautions against illness, sometimes we still get sick. If you are vaccinated against the flu, you can still get the flu in some cases.

That’s because the flu virus protects against certain strains of the illness expected to be most prevalent. If you get the flu after getting the vaccine, though, your case of the flu will be less severe and last for a shorter time.

Flu Symptoms

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny
  • Stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Did you get your flu shot yet? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Fountain City today! No appointment is necessary.