Flu Shots in West Hartford, CT
DOCS Urgent Care of West Hartford offers quick and easy walk-in appointments for flu immunizations. Whether flu season is already upon us, or you are simply looking to take preventative measures, we are the go-to source for efficient and effective flu shots.
Our West Hartford clinic is staffed by board-certified physicians. Our goal is to provide the highest quality care to our patients, while saving them a costly visit to the emergency room. We also accept a wide variety of insurance plans.
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DOCS URGENT CARE – West Hartford
983 New Britain Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06110
What to Know About Flu Vaccinations
WHY VACCINATE AGAINST THE FLU?
The Flu, or influenza, is a common cause for emergency room visits every year. Hundreds of thousands of people per year are hospitalized with the flu, and tens of thousands die from related issues. The disease is rapidly changing, and requires new vaccines to be developed on a yearly basis. Typically, peak flu season begins in October and can continue until May. The most effective way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccination shot annually. Protect yourself and your community by coming to the West Hartford Urgent Care Clinic for your flu shot today.
WHO SHOULD GET VACCINATED?
Any individual over 6 months of age should receive a flu vaccine to prevent contracting the flu. In 2010, the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices put in place this annual vaccine recommendation, and the suggestion’s importance remains today. It is particularly important that individuals with a higher risk of contracting the flu and its complications receive the vaccine.
Higher Risk Individuals Include :
- Children 5 years and younger
- Adults 65 years and older
- Pregnant women or women up to 2 weeks postpartum
- Individuals living in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities
HOW DOES THE FLU VACCINE WORK?
Flu vaccinations work by introducing a weakened form of the virus to your body. The contagion is too weak to actually cause infection, triggering the body to build antibodies that can target the disease specifically. This vaccination leads to future protection; if the flu virus later infects you, your body can successfully fight the disease without symptoms developing.
A seasonal vaccination protects you against the three most common flu strains: Influenza a (H1N1) virus, Influenza A (H3H2) virus, and Influenza B virus. A regular vaccination is your best defense against infection by these strains. The flu shot is a preemptive measure and should be taken before you show symptoms.
The Care You Need, When You Need It in Wet Hartford
DOCS Urgent Care of West Hartford is just one part of the larger DOCS Urgent Care network. A network of professional Urgent Care clinics run by board-certified health care providers. Our goal is to provide the highest quality care to our patients, while saving them as much time and money as possible.