Flu Season is Here, But so are We.

Urgentway locations are stocked with the latest flu vaccine to help protect you and your family from flu viruses. There is no appointment required. You can simply drop in and get vaccinated or call us if you are concerned about your suitability for the vaccination due to a health condition.

We recommend you get your flu shot in the presence of a medical professional either at your health center or an urgent care clinic as they will be able to determine your suitability for the vaccine.

Timings

Urgentway locations are open after-hours and weekends.
Weekdays: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Weekends: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Flu vaccine safety is guaranteed at all Urgentway locations

You don’t have to be a vaccine skeptic to fear the side effects that vaccines can cause in rare cases. They do carry risks, ranging from rashes to fever-associated seizures called febrile convulsions. To minimize the occurrence of these risks Urgentway follows a stringent administration criteria at all its locations. With us you and your children are in safe hands.

  • We only offer vaccines made by licensed distributors who meet US safety, effectiveness and quality requirements.
  • Flu vaccines available at Urgentway are ALWAYS mercury, thimerosal and preservative-free.
  • All vaccines are administered in presence of a medical professional who determines your suitability for the vaccine depending on prior health condition and allergies.
How can you get the Flu Vaccine ?

There are two types of influenza vaccine, the flu shot and nasal spray. Both of them protect against the same viruses and differ only in their composition, method of administration and recommended usage.

Flu shot is made by inactivated influenza viruses, is injected and is suitable for healthy people who are 6 months and above. On the other hand, nasal spray is made by weakened ( not dead) flu viruses, is sprayed on your face and is only recommended for 2 years and above. It’s usage is not recommended for children younger than 2 years, pregnant women, people with egg allergies, asthma or active wheezing and for someone with a weakened immune system by disease or medical treatment.

For 2016-2017, CDC has recommended the use of flu shots over nasal sprays because of concerns about its effectiveness.
Who should not miss their Flu Shot Who should not get a flu shot Who should consult a medical professional before a flu shot
Children 6 months & above Babies under 6 months of age are too young to be vaccinated. People with egg allergies
Pregnant woman and mothers who are breast feeding have serious allergies (anaphylaxis) to any ingredient in the vaccine If you have a severe acute illness with or without fever, in which case you should usually wait until the symptoms subside before being immunized.
People above the age of 50 have experienced a serious allergic reaction from a previous flu shot People with a history of Guillain-Barre Syndrome
People with the following health condition; asthama, cardiovascular diseases except hypertension, renal, hepatic, neurologic, hematologic or metabolic disorders
Individuals with weakened immune system
Individuals with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater

Flu shots for kids

School going children are highly susceptible to viral diseases such as flu. To ensure they remain in good health, parents should get their children vaccinated before the start of the flu season. While many parents prefer the nasal spray over a flu shot for obvious reasons, CDC is not recommending its use this year due to concerns about its effectiveness.

Apart from the type of flu vaccine available for kids, you should also know the dosage your child should receive . Here are your options :

2 doses: If your child is between the age of 6 months to 9 years they will require 2 dosage of the flu vaccine administered 4 weeks apart. Remember protection begins two weeks after the second shot so you might want to get the first shot as soon as the vaccine becomes available in the market.

If your child has missed their previous two flu shots in the past years, he or she might also need two dosages.

1 dose: If your child has had the flu vaccine before, or is receiving his flu shot for the first time after the age of 9 , one dose is enough. Timing is still crucial as it takes two weeks for the flu vaccine to produce anti bodies that fight flu viruses.

 

Do mention the following to your healthcare provider when you take your kids for a flu shot:

  • Your child is not feeling well – The provider may ask you to postpone the flu shot until your child feels better
  • Your child has received other vaccination recently – In certain cases a provider can ask you to wait before administering the flu shot
  • Your child is allergic to chicken eggs
  • Your child had a severe reaction to his previous flu shot

When does flu season begin in the US?

Flu season in the United States can start as early as October and last as late as May.

When should I get a flu shot?

As soon as flu vaccine becomes available, preferably by October to ensure as many people are protected before flu season begins. However, as long as flu viruses are circulating in the community, it’s not too late to be vaccinated.

Are there any flu vaccines preferred over others?

There is no preference for one vaccine over another among the recommended, approved injectable influenza vaccines.

Can you get the flu from a flu shot?

No, a flu shot cannot cause flu. Side effects of the vaccine include soreness, redness or swelling of the area the shot was given. Low-grade fever, headache and muscle aches may also occur. These reactions do not last more than 1-2 days.

Is the composition of the flu vaccine same every year?

Flu viruses are constantly changing, so the vaccine composition is reviewed each year and updated as needed. Moreover, flu immunity is not sustained and re-vaccination, with the most updated composition of flu vaccine, is required.

Does flu vaccine work right away?

No, it takes about two weeks for the flu vaccine to produce antibodies that help fight againt influenza virus infection. That’s why it is better to get vaccinated before the start of the flu season.

How long does a flu shot protect you?

12 months after which your flu immunity diminishes and you must get revaccinated before the start of the flu season.

Should pregnant woman get a flu shot?

Yes, flu shots are a safe way to protect a woman and her growing baby from serious flu related illnesses. A flu shot injected in the mother can also protect babies after they are born.

What If i receive a seasonal flu vaccine and still fall sick with flu symptoms?

There are numerous reasons why someone might develop flu like symptoms even after being vaccinated.

  • The flu vaccine only protects against influenza. Some people can become ill from other respiratory viruses besides flu such as rhinoviruses, which are associated with the common cold, cause symptoms similar to flu, and also spread and cause illness during the flu season.
  • The flu shot takes two weeks to produce antibodies that fight influenza viruses. It is possible to be exposed to influenza viruses, which cause the flu, shortly before getting vaccinated or during the two-week period after vaccination that it takes the body to develop immune protection. This exposure may result in a person becoming ill with flu before protection from the vaccine takes effect.
  • A third reason why some people may experience flu like symptoms despite getting vaccinated is that they may have been exposed to a flu virus that is very different from the viruses the vaccine is designed to protect against. The ability of a flu vaccine to protect a person depends largely on the similarity or “match” between the viruses selected to make the vaccine and those spreading and causing illness. There are many different flu viruses that spread and cause illness among people. For more information, see Influenza (Flu) Viruses.
  • The final explanation for experiencing flu symptoms after vaccination is that the flu vaccine can vary in how well it works and some people who get vaccinated may still get sick.

Can vaccinating more than once increase immunity against flu ?

In adults, studies have not shown any benefit from getting more than one dose in one season. This applies even to elderly and people with weakened immune system. Except for some children, only one dose of flu vaccine is recommended each season.

Will I Need to Pay for the Vaccine?

Under the affordable care act , most insurances are mandated to cover certain preventive services such as the flu shot with no cost to you. If you are not sure whether your health insurer covers this service , please contact them. At urgentway we accept cash payments as well as insurances.