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Why now is the best time to get your annual flu shot

a woman getting her annual flu shot

There are numerous proven benefits to getting the flu vaccine and anyone two years or old and beyond should get one every year, but when is the best time to get your annual flu shot? The grocery store and drug store signs start going up around Labor Day.

The month of October is the best time to get vaccinated against the upcoming flu season. That's because it takes the vaccine about 2-3 weeks to become most effective just as flu cases and activity are starting to rise.

At IEP Urgent Care, we make it easy for you and everyone in your family two and older to get an annual flu vaccine, no appointment needed. We offer the Flucelvax Quadrivalent influenza vaccine which protects against four different flu viruses, including two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses and is recommended for persons 6 months and older.

Most insurance companies cover the cost of flu vaccination, however it's best to contact your insurance company before your visit at IEP Urgent Care to confirm coverage and cost. Self-pay pricing for a flu vaccination is $35.00

A recent article in Time Magazine stated that this year's flu vaccine did "a good job of keeping people out of the hospital." Flu vaccines prevented about half of all possible influenza-related hospitalizations.

A recent article in Forbes Magazine found that the new 2023/2024 flu vaccine reduced the risk of hospitalization by 52%.

Flu shots do not offer 100% protection against getting the flu. But they are always your best defense against getting sick and staying out of the hospital.

According to a September 14, 2023 article posted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "Along with seasonal influenza, RSV, and COVID-19, even an average respiratory season can place significant strain on our healthcare system." The CDC goes on to say that vaccinations are "important for everyone and especially for those who are at a higher risk of developing serious complications, including older Americans and those with medical conditions.



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