Influenza, or the flu is a very serious illness that affects millions of people around the world every year. In order to help combat the flu, AFC Urgent Care recommends that anyone over the age of 6 months receive a flu vaccination every year.

A flu shot is a person’s best defense against the flu. It is administered with a needle, typically in the arm of the patient. The seasonal flu shot protects against the 3 strains of the virus that research predicts will be the most prominent during the upcoming season.

It is very unlikely for side effects to occur from the vaccination, but it is possible. Typically, side effects occur between a few minutes to a few hours of receiving the shot.  It is a myth that a patient will catch the flu from a flu shot! Potential side effects that may occur are soreness or swelling in the arm that was given the shot, or cold-like symptoms. It is extremely important for patients to remember that the benefits of receiving a flu shot outweigh the risk of potential side effects!

A flu shot vaccination is usually covered by heath insurance & AFC Urgent Care is able to provide an affordable rate for patients without insurance. Anyone is able to walk-in & receive a flu shot, no appointment necessary!

Please call our center at 516-346-5090 if you have any questions.