Flu season is here, and especially in a post-COVID-19 world, getting your flu vaccination as early as possible is critical to stay healthy and prevent getting sick. The influenza virus is highly contagious and spreads quickly throughout communities and anywhere a population is in close quarters including offices and classrooms. The flu shot is available for patients over six months old and is recommended for almost all patients of any age. AFC Urgent Care Paramus is now offering flu shots to patients on a walk-in basis.
Who should get a flu shot?
The flu shot is recommended for almost all patients over the age of six months old. Patients who have egg allergies or have previously had an adverse reaction to the flu shot should consult with their physician prior to getting this year’s vaccination. Patients who are considered to be high-risk for complications from the virus should get a flu shot as early in the season as possible, ideally before Halloween. High-risk populations include:
- Pregnant women
- The elderly or senior citizens
- Young children
- Employees of schools or residential facilities
- Patients who are immunocompromised
- Patients with chronic health conditions
Why should I get a flu shot?
The influenza virus can quickly mutate and evolve, which is why getting the vaccination each fall is critical for immunity. Getting your flu shot can narrow down potential diagnoses if you fall ill. With the additional concern of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, making sure your flu shot is up-to-date will help your physician determine the type of testing and care you may need.
When should I get a flu shot?
Because the vaccination takes up to two weeks to take effect, it is recommended to get your flu shot before the end of October, before it gets too cold and the flu begins spreading through your community. AFC Urgent Care Paramus will be able to administer flu shots throughout the winter.
Walk-In Flu Shots in Paramus, NJ
Patients who are looking for ways to remain healthy throughout the winter and into spring, visit AFC Urgent Care Paramus for your walk-in flu shot today! Our center is open seven days a week and the flu shot is covered under most major insurance plans. For more information or with any questions, please call 201-262-2010.