It’s a question that comes up every year: Should I get a flu shot?

In our opinion here at AFC Urgent Care Farragut—and in the minds of health experts worldwide—the answer is a resounding yes!

Does the Flu Shot Mean I Won’t Get the Flu?

Well, not necessarily. At times, those who are vaccinated against the flu will still get the flu from another strain of the virus that’s not included in the vaccine. If this happens, your case of the flu will be less severe and last for a shorter duration.

But the flu shot is still your best defense against the flu and flu-related complications. Pairing an annual flu shot with other preventive measures is the best way to lower your risk.

Other Ways to Protect Against the Flu

  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Get regular exercise.
  • Eat a healthy diet filled with fruits and veggies.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Regularly disinfect commonly touched surfaces.
  • Avoid touching your face with your hands.

Who Should Get the Flu Shot?

The short answer? Almost everyone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that most Americans age 6 months and older be vaccinated.

The flu is an extremely contagious illness, so it’s important to do what you can to avoid it. It’s also important to recognize the symptoms and seek medical attention if they develop.

Symptoms of the Flu

  • Fever over 100.4 F
  • Aching muscles
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Dry, persistent cough
  • Fatigue
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sore throat

Have you had your flu shot yet? Visit AFC Urgent Care Farragut today!