Flu Vaccines are Available at Each UHealth Jackson Urgent Care Facility in Miami-Dade County
Walk into any UHealth Jackson Urgent Care facility in Miami-Dade County and receive a flu (influenza) vaccine – and the peace of mind that goes along with it. An annual flu shot can help you get through flu season, which generally spans from October through March, without having to see a doctor for flu-related reasons. That's because even if you contract influenza after having a flu shot, your symptoms will likely be much less severe and go away faster than if you had not been vaccinated.
More serious than the common cold, influenza is a highly contagious respiratory condition. The usual symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, chills, body aches, and fatigue. Sometimes, influenza can cause more serious complications as well, such as pneumonia, bronchitis, sinusitis, and ear infections. Vaccination is important because anyone – including people who are otherwise very healthy – can be blindsided by the flu, which can lead to several days of misery.
At your local UHealth Jackson Urgent Care facility in Miami-Dade County, we make it easy to get a flu shot, which is the single best way to protect yourself from contracting an influenza infection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend an annual flu vaccine for everyone except children who are younger than six months of age.
Additionally, you should speak with a physician before having a flu shot if:
- You are allergic to eggs
- You experienced an allergic reaction to a flu shot in the past
- You are currently feeling ill or feverish
The flu vaccine should be administered once every flu season, and this is true for two reasons. First, the body's immune system response to the vaccination will naturally decline over time, so a yearly booster is recommended to ensure ongoing protection. Second, flu viruses are constantly changing. Each year, the flu vaccine is specifically formulated to protect against the strains of virus that researchers believe will be most common during the coming season.
Of course, no one likes being stuck by a needle. But, despite any fleeting discomfort, an annual flu shot is a simple, safe, and effective way to prevent influenza. At any UHealth Jackson Urgent Care facility in Miami-Dade County, you can walk in and receive a flu shot at your convenience – no appointment is necessary. Keep in mind that it takes about two weeks for protective antibodies to develop in the body in response to the vaccine, so it's important to receive a flu shot as early in the season as possible. And, if you do contract the flu, our board-certified, UHealth – the University of Miami Health System physicians can provide the urgent care services you need to recover quickly and safely.