Flu Shot

Urgent Care located in Springfield, MA
Flu Shot

Flu Shot services offered in Springfield, MA

Getting an annual flu shot is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community. At Xpress Med Urgent Care in Springfield, Massachusetts, experienced urgent care physician Mansoor Zaidi, MD, and the team administer flu shots to people of all ages. Whether you want to vaccinate your child for the first time or it’s simply time for your yearly jab, the team can help. Call Xpress Med Urgent Care today to schedule a flu shot for yourself or your child, or book an appointment online.

Flu Shot Q & A

Does getting a flu shot increase my risk of influenza?

No. You might experience mild side effects after getting a flu shot, but the seasonal flu vaccine doesn’t actually make you sick. When the shot enters your body, it teaches your immune system to identify the influenza virus, so it can better defend you should it encounter the pathogen in the future.

Is the flu the same thing as the common cold?

The common cold and influenza are viruses that present similar symptoms but aren’t the same thing.  

Common colds and the flu cause sneezing, body aches, and general fatigue, but the flu is typically more serious. The flu also increases your risk of more severe health problems, including bronchitis, ear infections, and pneumonia. 

How does the flu shot work?

A flu shot contains one (or more) influenza virus strains that scientists predict will be very common during the upcoming flu season. After you receive the flu shot, your body responds by making antibodies –– proteins that provide protection from the virus. 

If you encounter the flu virus sometime in the future, your immune system knows how to defend itself. As a result, you’re less likely to experience severe outcomes.

Who can benefit from getting a flu shot?

The Xpress Med Urgent Care team recommends that everyone aged six months and older get an annual flu shot. That’s particularly true if you’re:

  • Pregnant
  • Over age 65
  • Overweight or obese
  • Living or working in a long-term care facility (like a nursing home)
  • Living with a chronic medical condition

It’s good practice to get your flu shot before the end of October. That way, you’re protected during the time of year when it’s most common. 

Does the flu shot present side effects?

The flu shot is safe and usually well-tolerated, but like any vaccine, it presents the risk of mild side effects. After you get a flu shot, it’s normal to have mild swelling, redness, and bruising at the injection site. 

You might also develop a low-grade fever or have mild body aches and stiffness for a day or two. These symptoms should improve within 48 hours, but if they don’t, contact the Xpress Med Urgent Care team.

Call Xpress Med Urgent Care today to schedule a flu shot for yourself or your child, or book an appointment online.