Flu Shots at MedSpring Urgent Care
We are no longer offering flu shots for the 2014 - 2015 flu season. Please stay tuned for the 2015 - 2016 flu shot availability at MedSpring Urgent Care.
Influenza season is unpredictable, but most years the flu season spikes around January - Februrary. This is why it's especially important to get vaccinated as soon as you can. Even when the flu virus mutates, the current flu vaccine can help lessen the severity and symptoms of the flu.
Who Should Get the Flu Vaccine?
According to the CDC, everyone 6 months and older should receive an annual flu vaccination.
The vaccine is particularly important for people who are at a higher risk of developing flu-related complications such as:
- Children under 6 years of age
- Adults 65 years of age and older
- Pregnant women
- People with certain medical conditions including asthma, diabetes and chronic lung disease
- For a full list of high-risk conditions, consult the CDC's flu web page.
What are my flu shot options?
At MedSpring, we normally have a few options for flu vaccinations:
- For children over 12 months of age
- For pregnant women
- For seniors
- For those needing a mercury-free flu shot option.
Due to CDC recommendations this year, our flu shot is trivalent, with protection from certain virus strains like H1N1, influenza A and influenza B. Read more about options for flu shots in our blog or, if you still have questions about if the flu shot is safe for you, read our blog listing places to get more flu information online.
Important Facts about the Flu Vaccine
- The flu vaccine causes antibodies to develop in an individual roughly two weeks after the vaccine is administered.
- Flu strains vary each year. This year’s flu vaccine protects against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. Because the flu vaccine is updated annually, it is recommended that you get vaccinated each year.
- The flu shot is administered in the arm. It is typically a quick and easy procedure. The vaccination is not a live virus, and thus has been shown to have fewer side effects than other types of vaccinations.
- The flu vaccine is the most effective way to prevent seasonal influenza for you, your family and the community at large.
- Most insurance providers, including many Medicare plans, cover the cost of preventative flu vaccines.
Important Note: MedSpring only bills insurance for a flu vaccine when coupled with a visit (except Medicare). Visits solely for a flu vaccine may be submitted to insurance by the patient for reimbursement. Check with your healthcare insurance carrier for more information.