As 2014 comes to a close, now is a great time to make a commitment to really focus on your health in 2015. While for many people that means exercising more and eating better, it should also mean protecting yourself from illnesses such as the flu. Visit Xpress Urgent Care, your Costa Mesa medical center, and we’ll get you vaccinated so you don’t have to worry about falling victim to the flu this winter.
That’s right: even if you opted not to get vaccinated in the fall, it’s not too late. You can still protect yourself from the chills, the aches, and the pains that come with the flu. Here are four reasons you should stop in our clinic today and get your flu vaccination.
- It’s Almost Time for the Flu to Hit Its Peak. While people start getting the flu as early as October, flu season really hits its peak in January and lasts as late as March or April. It takes about two weeks for the flu vaccine to develop antibodies in the body that protect against the virus, so if you get vaccinated now, you’ll be protected just as flu season hits full force.
- You Won’t Get as Sick. It’s true—getting a flu shot still doesn’t guarantee you won’t get sick, no matter when you get vaccinated. But if you do get the flu, your symptoms will be much milder than if you were completely unprotected. This reduces the likelihood of becoming seriously ill from the flu, which could lead to hospitalization.
- You’re Helping Keep the People around You Healthy. If you come down with the flu, chances are you’ll get your family and friends sick as well—especially if they opted not to get their flu shot. This will continue to put others at risk, and spread the virus throughout your community. Getting your flu shot helps protect those around you, especially the elderly, infants. and those with chronic diseases who will likely become very ill if they end up with the flu this winter.
- It Can Serve as a Reminder to Update Your Other Vaccinations. The flu shot isn’t the only vaccine you need to stay healthy. When you get your flu shot, take the time to make sure you and your family are all up-to-date on your other immunizations. If you’re not, your Orange County Medical Clinic can help with that, too. Not only do we provide flu vaccines, we also offer Tetanus Shots (TD), TdaP, and TB Shots.
Getting Your Flu Shot
If you’ve decided you want to get your flu shot this winter, or need any other vaccinations, stop by our Costa Mesa medical center. We’ll take care of you right away—you don’t need an appointment. If you’d like to learn more about the flu vaccine or the vaccinations we offer, or would like to make an appointment, give us a call at 949-548-8400, or stop by our urgent care center.