INFLUENZA (aka FLU)

Velocity Urgent Care recommends Flublok for people age 18 and up

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.

It is believed  that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. A person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or possibly their nose.

You may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others for an even longer time.

Flu is unpredictable and how severe it is can vary widely from one season to the next. Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes.

Prevent Seasonal Flu: Get Vaccinated

The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season.

Traditional flu vaccines are made using virus grown in eggs and are approved for people 6 months ans up. Velocity Urgent Care carries the traditional quadrivalent flu vaccine which protects against two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses.

A novel recombinant trivalent flu vaccine (Flublok) that is egg-free is also available for people 18 years and older. Velocity Urgent Care recommends Flublok

When to get vaccinated against seasonal flu

Yearly flu vaccination should begin soon after flu vaccine is available, and ideally by October. However, getting vaccinated even later can be protective, as long as flu viruses are circulating. While seasonal influenza outbreaks can happen as early as October, most of the time influenza activity peaks in January or later. Since it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against influenza virus infection, it is best that people get vaccinated so they are protected before influenza begins spreading in their community.