Seasonal Flu Shots & Vaccinations in Natick, MA
The flu, also known as influenza, is a potentially deadly virus that affects millions of patients each year, with hundreds of thousands facing hospitalization due to severe symptoms or complications. The most effective method of flu prevention in patients of all ages is by getting an annual flu shot at AFC Urgent Care Natick.
Symptoms of the flu
The flu is an upper respiratory infection with symptoms including:
- Body, muscle and headache
- Stuffed and.or running nose
How does the flu shot prevent the virus?
The flu vaccination exposes your body to a dead or weakened form of the current strain of the influenza virus. By exposing the virus, your body will be able to learn how to recognize it and fight against it when you come into contact with the live virus. The immune system will be prompted to create antibodies from the vaccine, which prevent you from feeling or exhibiting symptoms from the live, active flu virus. The vaccine is effective for about six months, or the duration of one flu season, which is why it is critical to get an updated shot each fall.
Who should get a flu shot?
The flu shot is recommended for almost all patients over the age of six months old. Patients with compromised immune systems or chronic health conditions, senior citizens and pregnant women should get their flu shots early in the flu season to ensure the most protection possible.
Walk-In Flu Shots in Natick, MA
Visit AFC Urgent Care Natick for walk-in flu shots this fall. Flu shots are available seven days a week during our evening and weekend hours, and most insurance plans cover the flu vaccine. For self-pay patients, low cost flu shots are available. For more information please call 508-650-6208.