As we enter flu season this year, there’s no better time to schedule an appointment to receive your annual flu shot. Not only does the flu shot provide you with an excellent level of protection against influenza, but getting a flu shot helps reduce the risk of spreading the flu among your friends, family, and co-workers. At MedNorth Urgent Care, Dr. Shane Hill and Dr. Scott Rundle offer quick, convenient flu shot appointments in Kalispell, MT to help keep the community safer and healthier this flu season.
When should I get a flu shot?
It is generally recommended that patients receive their flu immunization in the months of September or October. However, it is never really “too late” to get a flu shot, as flu season often extends well into the spring.
Who needs a flu shot?
Virtually everyone over the age of six months is eligible for a flu shot and can benefit from the immunization. Men and women 65 and older are at an elevated risk for flu and flu-related illness and should receive their seasonal flu shot annually.
Does the flu shot work?
The flu shot is known to provide protection against contracting and transmitting the flu, though it is still possible to get the flu even if you have had a flu shot. Patients who do come down with the flu even after the flu shot typically report much milder symptoms and a shorter duration of illness. Having the flu shot also helps reduce the risk of developing more serious complications related to the flu.
How do I know if I have the flu?
Symptoms of the flu can vary from person to person, but some of the most common flu symptoms include:
- Muscle aches
- Sore throat
- Nausea or vomiting
If you suspect that you may have the flu, visit MedNorth Urgent Care for a flu test. We may also recommend a COVID-19 test and/or a rapid strep test, as all three illnesses share a number of similar symptoms.
Can I get a flu shot and COVID-19 vaccine at the same time?
Yes. Most patients at MedNorth Urgent Care can receive their yearly flu shot at the same time as a COVID vaccine or booster, provided they are otherwise healthy and eligible for both vaccinations. Prior to your immunization, one of our knowledgeable clinicians will review your health history and status, and determine whether it may be safe and appropriate to administer both the COVID and flu vaccines during the same appointment.
Do I need a flu shot every year?
It is recommended that patients receive their flu shot every year, as the virus changes from season to season, and the vaccine formula is altered each year to provide protection against that particular strain of flu.
Protect yourselves and your community by getting your seasonal flu shot in Kalispell, MT
Getting the flu can be uncomfortable and disruptive, causing many people to miss several days of work, school, and holiday activities. Flu illness can also lead to more serious complications. For the best level of protection against contracting and spreading the flu, all eligible patients over six months of age should receive an annual flu shot. Do your part today by calling to schedule your flu shot appointment with Dr. Shane Hill or Dr. Scott Rundle at MedNorth Urgent Care in Kalispell, MT.