walk-in flu shots

Walk-in Flu Shots

Flu shots are currently being offered on a walk-in basis, or during your scheduled appointment, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at West Holt Medical Clinic. Protect yourself and your loved ones by getting vaccinated before flu season hits. Share a hug not the flu bug!

Influenza (Flu) Vaccine Information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Why get vaccinated?

Influenza ("flu") is a contagious disease that spreads around the United States every year, usually between October and May. Flu is caused by influenza viruses, and is spread mainly by coughing, sneezing, and close contact. Anyone can get flu. Flu strikes suddenly and can last several days.

Symptoms vary by age, but can include:

  • fever/chills
  • sore throat
  • muscle aches
  • fatigue
  • cough
  • headache
  • runny or stuffy nose

Flu can also lead to pneumonia and blood infections, and cause diarrhea and seizures in children. If you have a medical condition, such as heart or lung disease, or if you are on immunosuppressant medications. flu can make your symptoms worse. Flu is more dangerous for some people: Infants and young children, people 65 years of age and older, pregnant women, and people with certain health conditions or a weakened immune system are at greatest risk.

Each year thousands of people in the United States die from flu, and many more are hospitalized.

Flu vaccine can:

  • keep you from getting flu
  • make flu less severe if you do get it
  • keep you from spreading flu to your family and other people

A dose of flu vaccine is recommended every flu season. Children 6 months through 8 years of age may need two doses during the same flu season. Everyone else needs only one dose each flu season. There is no live flu virus in flu shots. Getting the flu vaccine will not give you the flu.

There are many flu viruses, and they are always changing. Each year a new flu vaccine is made to protect against three or four viruses that are likely to cause disease in the upcoming flu season. But even when the vaccine doesn’t exactly match these viruses, it may still provide some protection.

Flu vaccine cannot prevent:

  • colds or different strains of the flu virus
  • illnesses that look like flu but are not

It takes about 2 weeks for protection to develop after vaccination, and protection lasts through the flu season.