When getting ready for the holiday season, the last thing you need added to your list is sickness—especially the flu virus.

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Hixson wants you to understand the importance of getting the flu shot, as well as other ways you can help to prevent the flu this season.

Who Should Get the Flu Shot?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly everyone age 6 months and older should receive an annual flu shot. The vaccine is especially important for pregnant women, older adults, people with certain medical conditions and other people who are at high risk of serious complications from the flu virus.

Although there are some reactions associated with the flu shot, most side effects are not severe and disappear quickly.

Possible Flu Shot Reactions

  • Soreness and tenderness
  • Redness at injection site
  • Swelling at injection site
  • Headaches
  • Low-grade fever
  • Muscle aches

Is the Flu Contagious?

The flu virus is extremely contagious. And unfortunately, people with the flu virus can be contagious a day before flu 2019 symptoms even begin to show.

That’s why it’s important to take steps to prevent the flu, including getting a flu shot and avoiding exposure to the virus as much as possible.

Ways to Prevent the Flu

  • Avoid large crowds.
  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Avoid touching your face with your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces often.
  • Boost your immune system through diet and exercise.

Do you still need to get a flu shot? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Hixson today! No appointment is needed.