Flu Shots and Flu Treatment Available at MedRite Urgent Care Near Turtle Bay
Yearly flu shots can help protect you against influenza, a highly contagious respiratory infection that can cause days of fatigue, body aches, fever, and overall misery. And, unlike the common cold (the potential complications of which are relatively minor), the flu can sometimes lead to life-threatening illnesses, such as pneumonia. At MedRite Urgent Care near Turtle Bay, we make it easy for busy New Yorkers to get their annual flu shots and other healthcare services on a hassle-free, walk-in basis.
Flu shots are generally available during flu season, which runs from September to May, and peaks between the months of December and March, which are typically cold in Turtle Bay and all of New York City. Because new strains of flu viruses are continually appearing, it is important for everyone age six months and older to be vaccinated annually in order to ensure full protection. Contrary to popular belief, it is not possible to contract the flu by getting a flu shot (flu shots administer inactive forms of influenza viruses, which cannot make you sick).
In simple terms, flu shots work like this:
- Inactive forms of several flu viruses (usually the three or four strains that researchers believe will represent the biggest threats during the upcoming season) are administered via injection
- In response to this exposure, the body perceives a “threat” and produces antibodies to fight off infection
- If exposed to any of these flu viruses later in the season, the body will be prepared to defend itself because it has already produced appropriate antibodies
The flu virus can spread rapidly from person to person, especially through coughing and sneezing. Therefore, in addition to annual flu shots, one of the best ways to avoid contracting and spreading influenza is to wash your hands, thoroughly and often, for at least 20 seconds at a time.
If you live or work in the Turtle Bay area of New York City, why not allow the experienced medical professionals at MedRite Urgent Care to administer your annual flu shots? Stop in today – no appointments are necessary – and leave with the peace of mind that you’ve taken an important step in protecting yourself from the flu for another season.