afc infographicEven though we’re currently at the height of flu season, it’s not too late to get a flu shot. Flu season lasts as late as May some years, meaning we may still be vulnerable for another several months. While it’s ideal to receive a flu shot prior to the start of flu season, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) highly recommends patients receive a flu vaccine regardless. The CDC estimates that the flu vaccine prevents 1.9 million infections each year, which translates to approximately 67,000 hospitalizations.

People tend to underestimate how dangerous the flu is, mainly because they mistakenly associate it with the largely innocuous common cold. While the two illnesses are similar in the fact that they’re both respiratory infections, influenza has led to between 3,000 and 49,000 deaths each year in the USA since 1976. Young children and elderly people are the most susceptible to contracting a deadly flu virus, as they’re immune system doesn’t have the strength to effectively combat the virus. This is why it is so essential for these people to get a flu shot, as it could legitimately mean life or death.

While most people’s immune systems can adequately fend off the influenza virus, it’s still vital for everyone to get a vaccine. The virus spreads with extreme ease, as a person who’s sick with it, could infect anybody within six feet of them by sneezing or coughing. If somebody whose immune system isn’t strong enough to fight the disease comes in contact with somebody who’s infected, this could be a death sentence.

200k americans hospitalized each year with the fluBy not getting yourself vaccinated, you’re not just doing a disservice to yourself, but to everybody around you. If you go in to work while you’re sick, you could infect multiple coworkers, leading to your company to lose considerable productivity. This also applies to schools, as students may miss several days of school because of the flu, causing them to miss important information needed for tests.

If you would like to get a flu shot, visit us at AFC Urgent Care Clearwater, as we still have plenty in stock. If you have unfortunately contracted the flu, head into our facility and our physicians would love to help expedite your healing process. They can also prescribe any medication if they consider it necessary. However, there’s no medication that outright cures influenza, further illustrating the importance of just getting a flu shot at the beginning of the season.

If you would like to speak to one of our certified medical professionals, call us at 727.266.1266. We look forward to making your flu season flu free.