Medical Center Urgentcare offers flu shots between the hours of 8 am and 8 pm every day. You can call 270-796-3500 to make an appointment or just walk in when it’s most convenient for you.What you need to know
Influenza, often called “the flu,” is a respiratory virus that can be highly contagious. If you’re within six feet of someone with the flu who coughs or sneezes, chances are you can breathe in droplets that contain the virus. You can also get the flu by touching something that has the virus on it and then rubbing your eyes or touching your mouth, but this is not as common.
The flu can last a few days or even up to two weeks, and you can even develop life-threatening complications such as pneumonia. People with a high risk of complications include those who are 65 and older, pregnant women, or anyone with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease. Also at risk are children under five years of age, especially those under the age of two.
Symptoms of the flu can come on suddenly and include:
- Fever, or feeling feverish/chills (although not everyone with the flu has a fever)
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
During flu season, the best way to avoid getting sick is by getting vaccinated. The vaccine works by boosting your immunity to the flu. Because the flu in the vaccine is not “live,” you cannot get the flu from the shot.
Because your immune protection from vaccination declines over time, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine for just about everyone six months and older. An annual vaccination is needed to get the best protection against the flu.
The CDC recommends getting your flu vaccine by the end of October, but it’s never really too late. Flu season usually starts around October, peaks from December to February and can last as late as May. Just remember it takes about two weeks for the shot to take effect, so you want to be vaccinated sooner rather than later.
For more information about influenza and the flu vaccine, visit the CDC’s website by clicking here.