The flu virus (short for influenza) can be spread year round, but is most active in the fall and winter months. In New Jersey, flu season generally begins in October and can last until May, with cases generally peaking between January and March. Getting a flu shot can prevent infection and stop the spread of the virus. You’ll be helping yourself as well as all of the people you interact with every day.
Flu Shot Effectiveness
The effectiveness of a flu shot will vary depending on the specific virus that is circulating, the vaccine that was used, and the overall health of the person receiving the shot. Whether the shot is a perfect match for combating the circulating flu virus or not, it is still in your best interest to get vaccinated early in the flu season. AM/PM welcomes walk-ins to get flu shots.
Who Should Get a Flu Shot?
Anyone over the age of 6 months should get a flu vaccine each year. We will administer the flu vaccine if appropriate for anyone 7 years of age and above. If you are allergic to any of the allergens in the vaccine, it is also a good idea to avoid getting a flu shot. If you are uncertain about the allergens, a physician should be able to help you.
On top of fighting infection from the seasonal flu, a flu shot can help you avoid contracting the H1N1 strain, commonly known as swine flu. While H1N1 is less common than the seasonal flu, it is still smart to get vaccinated and not take any chances.
How Does A Flu Shot Work?
Flu shots work by causing antibodies to develop in your body approximately 2 weeks after being vaccinated with the Flu vaccine. These antibodies help protect your body against the viruses that make up the Flu shot. A traditional flu vaccine is known as a trivalent vaccine, and is meant to protect against 3 common strains of the influenza virus. Our quadravalent vaccine will protect against 4 strains of the influenza virus.
Common Flu shots typically immunize against three common Flu viruses:
For more in depth information regarding the Flu and Seasonal Flu virus, read more at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Visit AM/PM For Your Flu Shot Today
If you want to stay healthy and strengthen your immune system, visit AM/PM Walk-in Urgent Care to get the most up to date flu shot and beat the flu virus this season. We are open every day and able to take you without an appointment. We have offices in Bergenfield, Cliffside Park, and North Bergen.