Influenza, also known as the flu, is a common virus that affects millions of people each year. The most common symptoms of Influenza include fever, chills, nausea, fatigue, and body aches. The virus can persist in an individual for ten days or more. Pregnant women, children and the elderly are at a higher risk of contracting the flu and experiencing complications from the virus.
QuestCare Urgent Care wants your family to be healthy this flu season. We offer a range of quick, low-cost flu vaccinations for the entire family. QuestCare Urgent Care offers a flu vaccine clinic to maximize your time and reduce wait times. Our clinic provides flu shots for kids as well as adults.
We also offer the convenient FluMist vaccination. The FluMist provides the same protection from the influenza virus but is easily placed inside the nose and inhaled instead of a typical injection. The FluMist is approved for children ages two years and older.
How can I protect myself?
Each year the Center for Disease Control (CDC) identifies the strain of influenza that they believe will be most common during the flu season. Once identified the weakened strain of influenza is manufactured into a vaccine that becomes highly effective in preventing individuals from contracting the flu virus. The CDC recommends all adults and children over the age of six months be vaccinated against the flu at the beginning of the flu season for maximum protection against the flu virus. The flu season begins in early November and lasts until March with peak infections occurring in January and February.
What are the benefits of receiving the Influenza Vaccine?
Benefits of vaccinating yourself and your children against influenza include a stronger immune system response to the flu, reducing the chance of hospitalization in the event you contract the flu, and possibly not getting the virus at all during the flu season. In addition to receiving the influenza vaccination, the CDC recommends basic hygiene to prevent infection, including washing your hands frequently, covering your cough and staying home if you think you have the flu.