Fall weather is arriving and flu season is approaching. The flu is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. One simple way to prevent sickness and complications related to the virus is to get an annual flu shot. Seasonal flu typically occurs between October and May, with activity peaking in January and February.
Click here for an interview with Dr. Matt Bruckel on ways to maximize your flu shot
Flu Shot Tips
Dr. Matt Bruckel, founder of Total Access Urgent Care, appeared on Fox 2 with tips and methods for maintaining optimal health through flu season.
Stay Healthy Tips:
- Get the vaccine early in the flu season to ensure maximum coverage
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth
- Wash your hands
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that may be contaminated
- Go to sleep early and avoid stress to stay healthy
After receiving the vaccination, rub the muscles around where it was given to help spread the medicine in the muscle and aid in the distribution all over the body. This will also reduce soreness at the injection site.
Be sure to let the doctor know if you suffer from any allergies or are feeling ill before the shot is given.
What is the flu shot?
The flu shot is a vaccine that works to protect against multiple strains of the influenza virus and is recommended by Centers for Disease Control. It is safe for any person over the age of 6 months that does not have allergies to ingredients in the vaccine.
Getting a flu shot can make the difference between staying healthy and falling ill this flu season. Total Access Urgent Care offers influenza vaccinations for $30. Walk in anytime between 6am and 10pm at Webster Groves/Rock Hill and 8am to 8pm at the South County/Tesson Ferry, Chesterfield, Town and Country, St. Louis Hills, and St. Charles locations. Call 314-961-2255!