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Urgent Cares Ready to Tackle Flu

Thursday, September 27, 2018   (0 Comments)
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 With the start of fall comes the start of flu season. One of the best ways to stay influenza-free is to get a flu vaccine at a local urgent care center to prevent illness and spreading the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that the flu has resulted in between 9.2 million and 35.6 million illnesses each year in the United States, accounting for between 140,000 and 710,000 annual hospitalizations.

The CDC recommends people get a flu vaccine by the end of October to ensure protection throughout the winter and early spring months. This year’s vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses, and the nasal spray flu vaccine is once again approved for appropriate recipients.

The Urgent Care Association (UCA) encourages families to visit their local urgent care centers which offer convenient, affordable care to ward off the flu or other seasonal health concerns. With walk-in, after-hours and weekend availability, urgent care provides on-demand access to flu shots, cold and flu treatment, and other wellness services for even the busiest families.

“Urgent care centers are designed to expedite patient visits, with flexible hours and short wait times, as well as call-ahead scheduling or online registration options at some locations,” says UCA Board President Sean McNeeley, MD, FCUCM. “As it can take a few weeks for the vaccination to take effect, we recommend families get their flu shots as soon as possible.”

UCA also encourages families to take additional precautions to avoid getting sick this year:

  • Get sufficient sleep, eat well, drink a lot of water, exercise and reduce stress
  • Stay home when you are sick to avoid spreading the virus. If you must go out, keep a good distance from others
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
  • Regularly clean often-used surfaces in your home such as counter tops and bathrooms
  • Wash hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to avoid spreading of germs and viruses
  • Avoid close proximity to sick family, friends and co-workers
  •  Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth

Families can visit www.WhereIsUrgentCare.com to find one of the more than 8,200 urgent care centers across the country offering flu vaccines, treatments and other services.

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For media inquiries, contact Mary Velan, 312-565-4631 or mvelan@lcwa.com


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