Flu season is right around the corner. As the seasons change, the chance of the influenza virus spreading within communities of all sizes continues to grow. However, taking just a little bit of time to learn about flu season patterns can help keep you and your family healthy during the fall and winter.
The flu season can last for several months beyond an expected range, which means patients may need to protect themselves and schedule urgent care appointments throughout the year to avoid symptoms. The good news is that managing health risks and avoiding the flu during flu season is a straightforward process.
Below are just a few ways in which patients can adequately prepare for flu season:
Get your flu shot ASAP at an urgent care center or walk-in clinic!
If you want to prepare for flu season, make sure that you get your flu shot as soon as you can. The flu shot uses the latest strain of influenza to help your body build immunity and fight off the flu virus. Each year, a new vaccine is manufactured since the flu virus changes and adapts on a yearly basis. The new vaccine allows a patient’s immune system to create antibodies and other autoimmune defenses to help fight of infection.
To get a flu shot as soon as possible, make sure you visit an urgent care center and a respective walk-in clinic. These medical facilities allow patients to get their flu shot on the same day as their visit. You won’t have to worry about missing any key appointments or dates if you get your flu ASAP!
Flu season can last for several months: from early Fall to the middle of spring in extreme cases
The flu season can last longer than expected within specific communities and last for upwards of seven months in extreme cases. Last year, flu season started in October and lasted until the end of March which means patients without a flu shot were more likely to get sick.
To make sure you’re aware of flu season, make sure that you follow any updates from your community, local news sources, and nearby health departments to stay safe. If the flu season is lasting longer than normal make sure you get a flu shot ASAP!
The flu is highly preventable regardless of how extreme flu season lasts
Flu season can last for several weeks, but the good news for patients is that the flu is highly preventable for most patients. Simply get your flu shot whenever you can to stay safe and healthy!