One of the commonly held misconceptions about flu is that it’s just an unpleasant inconvenience. The truth is – it’s actually a dangerous infection which if ignored or in severe cases may result to serious complications or even lead to death.

You see, it’s important to take this virus serious and seek effective ways to protect yourself from getting infected – especially during the flu season. Thankfully taking a yearly vaccination against flu has been shown to protect the body from the virus.

In this article we are going to provide answers to those frequent questions we get asked concerning the flu shot.

Do I Need To Get the Flu Shot?

Most times we get inquirers asking whether they should get vaccinated since they never had flu before and are young and healthy. Our response has always been – get vaccinated if you haven’t already. Everyone is susceptible to the virus – whether elder or young, or even new born babies above six months old.

It is even more important that certain category of people such as: Pregnant women, Caregivers living with infants six months old and younger, and people with medical conditions that predispose them to the virus get vaccinated.

When Should I Get Vaccinated?

The centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend that flu shot should be offered as soon as the vaccine becomes available. However, the official flu season starts from October which means getting the shot earlier is better.

This is because it takes the antibodies approximately two weeks after vaccination to develop. Hence getting the shot earlier builds up your immunity against the virus even before the flu starts to spread.

What are the Different Flu shots Available?

There are different kinds of flu vaccines which include: intramuscular vaccines, vaccines by jet injector, nasal sprays and intradermal vaccines. Due to the different flu strains, these vaccines were develop to combat each of the variety. Interdermal, nasals and some intramuscular vaccines are quadrivalent and protects against four flu viruses, while jet injector and some intramuscular vaccines are trivalent and protect the body against trivalent flu virus.

We recommend discussing with your healthcare professional to decide which option is best for you.

Where Can I Go to Get Flu Shot near me?

Sunset Walk-In Healthcare in West Hollywood offers the flu shots and you do not need an appointment.

In addition to vaccine, here are other good hygienic habits to develop to prevent getting infected with flu virus

Incorporate these activities into your daily routine to protect yourself from contracting the virus:

  • Wash your hands often to prevent spreading germs
  • Stay away from sick individuals to prevent getting infected
  • Stay away from crowded areas such as work places and school to prevent others from getting sick
  • Take proper diet and supplement vitamin c to help your fight the virus

In summary, as the fall months roll in, there will be increased cases of flu infections; hence to stay on a safer side, getting a flu shot will defend your body against the invasion of the virus.

Sunset Walk-In Healthcare is pleased to announce that we are accepting new General Practice patients at Sunset Walk-In Healthcare in West Hollywood, CA.  New patients with Covered California and other PPO insurance plans who want Dr. Foster as their primary care physician [PCP] are always welcomed at Sunset Walk-In Healthcare!  Let our friendly front desk know if you are registering as a General Practice new patient!

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