Influenza, or more commonly known as the flu, is a major illness that affects a significant portion of Americans each year. As a result, AFC Urgent Care recommends everyone 6 months of age or older receive a flu shot every year.
A flu shot is a vaccination given with a needle, typically in the arm of the patient. The seasonal influenza vaccine protects against 3 strains of the virus that research indicates will be the most prominent during the upcoming year.
Side effects from the flu shot may occur, however it is a myth that a patient will catch the flu from a flu shot. If side effects do occur they are typically between a few minutes to a few hours of receiving the shot, & may include soreness/swelling in the arm that was given the shot, or cold-like symptoms. It is extremely important to remember the benefits of getting a flu shot outweigh the risk of the potential side effects.
The flu shot vaccination is usually covered by insurance plans & AFC Urgent Care is able to offer affordable rates for those without insurance. Anyone is able to walk-in to our center, no appointment needed! If you have any questions please contact us at 978-922-2171 or stop by our office located at 50 Dodge Street in Beverly, MA.