October is right around the corner, and the holidays quickly following. With kids back in school, and more opportunities to spend time with family and friends, now is the time to ensure that you and those around you are protected from flu. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body.—so it’s important to get vaccinated now, before the flu begins circulating in our community.
According to the CDC; below are several examples of the benefits for flu shots:
- Flu can be a serious illness, even for otherwise healthy children and adults. While most people will recover from flu without complications, anyone can experience severe illness, hospitalization, or death. Therefore, getting vaccinated is a safer choice than risking serious illness for yourself or those around you.
- The flu vaccine CANNOT give you the flu. Flu shots do NOT contain flu viruses that could infect you and cause flu illness. Flu shots either contain flu vaccines viruses that have been “inactivated” (or killed) and therefore are not infectious, or they do not contain any flu vaccine viruses at all.
- Flu vaccination can keep you from getting sick with flu. Flu vaccines can reduce your risk of illness, hospitalization.
- Getting vaccinated yourself may also help protect people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and children, older people, and people with certain chronic health conditions.
Piedmont Urgent Care is available every day from 8AM -8PM to provide you and your family members a flu shot. Not a patient of Piedmont Family Practice? No problem. All patients are welcome on walk-in availability basis. Now is the time to receive your flu shot to be protected throughout the flu season.
Piedmont Urgent Care is located at 493 Blackwell Road, Suite 101B, Warrenton, VA. “Walk-in Availability 8AM – 8PM Everyday with your Trusted Community Providers for the Expected, Unexpected and Everything in Between.” 540-347-5200