Seasonal Flu Shots in Norwalk, CT
Flu season starts in September, lasting through late spring. The influenza virus is highly contagious, peaking in the middle of winter between December and February when cases can reach nearly epidemic status. The most effective way to prevent getting the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year, providing immunity for approximately six months. AFC Urgent Care Norwalk provides flu vaccines on a walk-in basis seven days a week.
Symptoms of the flu
The flu is an upper respiratory infection that affects millions of people per year, with between 100,000 and 800,000 cases resulting in hospitalizations and even fatalities. Symptoms of the flu virus include:
- High fever
- Chest and nasal congestion
- Body chills and aches
- Sore throat
- Stuffed or runny nose
- Nausea and vomiting
Should I get a flu shot?
The flu vaccine is the most effective way to prevent contracting the influenza virus. The vaccine is recommended for all patients over the age of six months. Certain people are more at-risk for developing complications from the virus and should consult with their physician about whether to get a flu shot. High-risk groups include:
- Senior citizens, or patients over the age of 60
- Young children
- Pregnant women
- Patients who are immunocompromised
- Patients with chronic health conditions including diabetes, asthma and cancer
High-risk individuals should consult with their physician about potentially getting a second dose of the flu vaccine if you get immunized early. If you have an egg allergy or have had a bad reaction to a previous flu shot, speak with your doctor about flu prevention alternatives to determine what will work best for you.
Walk-In Flu Shots in Norwalk, CT
If you are interested in getting a flu vaccine, visit AFC Urgent Care Norwalk beginning on September 1st. Our center will be providing flu shots seven days a week, and you never need to worry about waiting for an appointment. For more information about this year’s vaccine, please call 203-845-9100.