Flu Shots Questions and Answers
Flu season is here, so be sure to get the flu shot before the flu gets you! At Premier Urgent Care, our medical providers care about your health. We want to make sure you get through this winter without getting sick. Schedule a same-day appointment online or walk-in today, we are open 7 days a week. For more information please call us. We serve patients from Oxford CT, Newington CT, Naugatuck CT, New Britain CT, Seymour CT, Wethersfield CT, West Hartford CT and Waterbury, CT.
Flu season is here! Millions of Americans are infected with the flu every year, leading to missed time at work and school. Having the flu is no fun whatsoever. It may be hard to identify if you have the flu as it shares some symptoms with the common cold. Come to Premier Urgent Care today for treatment of influenza and to get your annual flu shot!
What are some symptoms of the flu?
The flu changes almost every year, which is why unlike other vaccines, you need an annual flu shot to protect yourself. While symptoms can vary from year to year, generally you can expect to have a sore throat and cough as well as a stuffy nose. Your body will likely feel achy and fatigued. You could also experience headaches and chills. While not everyone will experience this, it isn’t uncommon for you to have a fever of 100 or higher. Children who catch the flu often experience diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea.
How much does the flu shot cost?
If you have insurance, chances are an annual flu shot will not cost you a thing. If you are currently uninsured, our self-pay rates are very reasonable. It is far cheaper to get a flu shot today then to treat a severe case of the flu down the road.
Is the flu shot safe?
There is an excellent safety record supporting a flu shot. In the last fifty years, hundreds of millions of flu shots have been given, and it has been extensively researched. While some groups have specific risk factors that may make the flu shot unadvised, it is perfectly safe for the vast majority of Americans. Our Medical Providers will review your current medical history to ensure your safety.
Will I get the flu from a flu vaccine?
A flu vaccine cannot cause you to catch the flu. Depending on the kind of vaccine you receive, it either contains an inactive virus, a particle that is designed to fool your immune system into producing antiviral antibodies, or it has been modified so not to cause symptoms.
Are their side effects?
Like any other vaccine or medication, some side effects are possible. The most common ones from a flu shot are:
- Muscle aches
- A headache
- Soreness, redness, or swelling from the shot
These tend to be mild and clear up after a few days.
There are two locations to serve you! Premier Urgent Care Oxford is located at 278-2 Oxford Road
Oxford CT 06478 and Premier Urgent Care Newington is located at 2909 Berlin TPK
Newington CT 06111. Our Medical Providers are available to administer flu shots and test you for influenza Mon – Fri: 8am – 7:30pm, Sat – Sun: 8am – 5pm. Our walk-in urgent care clinic accepts most major insurances and has self-pay options available for the uninsured. Visit our insurance page to see the full list of carriers we take. Do you have questions about the flu or would like to know more about flu shots? Our friendly staff are more than happy to answer any of your questions.