With flu season in full swing, it is important to make sure you take the necessary measures to keep yourself and your families protected against the virus. Luckily, the flu vaccine is available at AFC Urgent Care Paramus! There are many reasons why now is the best time to get your flu shot:

You’ll be protected for most of the season

Getting your flu shot earlier in the season provides you with immunity against the virus for most of its season, which runs from October through the end of May. The only time during the season that you will be vulnerable is at the start of the season because the shot takes two weeks to take effect. Getting the flu shot early allows your body time to adjust before the virus makes its way to your community.

The shot will be available

As the season progresses, the chances of the flu shot becoming unavailable due to shortage increases. Because the virus is constantly changing and evolving, the vaccine is specially designed each year to match the current strain. Only a certain amount is able to be created each year, and shortages are known to happen later in the season. During flu vaccine shortages, some doctors will only be able to provide the shot to high-risk patients including pregnant women, seniors and young children. By getting your flu shot now, you’ll avoid running the risk of catching the flu and not being able to receive an immunization.

Shorter wait times

Later into flu season, there may be more of a rush to get the flu shot as reports come out about the strength of the virus.  By getting your flu shot now, you avoid long wait times at your local urgent care center and don’t need to worry about contracting the virus before the vaccine becomes effective. If you go early in the season, consult with your doctor about getting a second dose to provide protection for the tail end of flu season. While the flu shot is designed to provide immunity for up to six months, it can lose effectiveness before the end of the season.

Walk-In Flu Shots in Paramus, NJ

If you are in need of a flu shot, visit AFC Urgent Care Paramus today! Our walk-in urgent care center is open seven days a week, and you can easily reserve your spot by checking in online. Most major insurance plans are accepted. For questions, please call 201-262-2010.