Flu Shots

Flu Shots in New Bedford & Dartmouth, MA

The start of fall marks the beginning of flu season, when the influenza virus spreads quickly through communities and affects patients of all ages. There are many steps that can be taken to prevent catching the flu, but the most effective form of prevention is by getting an annual flu shot each fall. AFC Urgent Care New Bedford is able to administer flu shots to walk-in patients of all ages seven days a week this fall and winter.      

Who should get a flu shot?

Almost everyone over the age of six months should get a flu shot this fall in order to prevent catching the flu virus. Patients who have previously had a bad reaction to a flu shot or have an egg allergy should talk to their physician about flu prevention alternatives due to the ingredients used to manufacture the vaccine. Certain individuals, including pregnant women, the elderly and patients who have compromised immune systems or chronic health conditions, should get a flu shot early in the season to make sure they have enough time to adjust before the flu enters and spreads through their office, childrens’ schools or homes.    

How the flu shot works

The flu shot introduces a weakened or dead strain of the flu to the body, allowing the immune system to develop antibodies against the virus. The antibodies will be able to fight against the influenza virus and prevent you from getting sick, even when you are exposed to the live and active virus. The flu shot becomes effective about two weeks after the shot is administered and provides protection for about six months, or the duration of one flu season, which is why it is important to get an updated shot each year.

Walk-In Flu Shots in New Bedford, MA

If you are interested in getting a flu shot to prevent catching the influenza virus, visit AFC urgent Care New Bedford today! We will be able to administer flu shots as well as provide illness treatment for patients who fall ill this fall and winter. Most major insurance plans are accepted. For questions please call 508-990-1900.