WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF GETTING A FLU SHOT?
A seasonal flu immunization administered at MedNorth Urgent Care is a fantastic way to help guard yourself and those you love from influenza viruses. Benefits of getting a flu shot at our Kalispell, MT facility include:
- Protection against a potentially serious illness resulting from the flu
- Helps those you love, including the elderly and/or immunocompromised
- Often available at little or no cost
- Shields against seasonal flu variants
- Keeps you from missing work or school due to flu illness or complications
- Side effects are generally mild
- Can be given along with another vaccine
WHAT ARE FLU IMMUNIZATIONS?
Every fall and winter, men, women, and children enter the “flu season.” During this season, the flu (influenza) virus is very contagious during this period and is easily spread between friends, co-workers, and family members. The duration and severity of flu season vary from year to year, but we always suggest our patients get a flu immunization to help ward off this sickness. At MedNorth Urgent Care, we offer quick appointments for getting your flu shot and getting back to your everyday activities with peace of mind. Visit Drs. Shane Hill and Scott Rundle at our Kalispell, MT clinic today.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT WHEN GETTING THE FLU SHOT?
When you come into MedNorth Urgent Care, we’ll help you determine if you should get the flu shot and which is best for you. We’ll look at things, like your medical history, current health, and allergies. While it’s possible to still get the flu after receiving the vaccine, it should decrease how badly you get it and shorten the length of time it impacts you. It will also greatly reduce the possibility of serious complications. When giving you the shot, we’ll sterilize the injection site and insert the vaccine using a small needle. For the next day or two, you may experience a low-grade fever, body aches, as well as irritation and swelling at the injection site. This is normal, but if you experience more serious symptoms, you may want to come back in or give us a call.
FLU IMMUNIZATIONS FAQ
Who should get a flu immunization?
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), annual flu immunizations are recommended for people aged six months and older. This is especially important for people at a higher risk and people 65 years old and older.
When should I get my flu immunization?
The CDC recommends that most people get a flu immunization before the flu season begins. This generally means that the months of September and October are ideal times to get vaccinated against the flu. If you are unable to receive a flu immunization until November, it is still recommended because flu typically peaks in February with continuing activity until May.
Does getting a flu immunization shot hurt?
No, most people, even children, don’t consider a flu shot painful. People say it feels like a small pinch. Some people may experience soreness, redness, or discomfort at the injection site after their flu immunization shot, but it typically goes away after a few days.
Can I get a COVID-19 vaccination and a flu immunization shot at the same time?
The CDC says that having both at the same time is safe for those eligible. You should still follow immunization schedules and guidelines while making sure to have the flu immunization in the proper timeframe (September/October).
FIGHT THE FLU
Keep yourself, your family, and your neighbors healthy this year by getting a flu shot at MedNorth Urgent Care. Our medical team is here to provide quick and effective care to get you and your family back to living your life with peace of mind knowing you’ve defended your bodies against influenza. Visit Dr. Shane Hill and Dr. Scott Rundle at our Kalispell, MT clinic today to get your annual flu shot.