• Busting Myths About the Flu Shot

    Influenza is one of the most common and most underestimated illnesses. Millions of people around the world contract the flu each year, and thousands of them die from it. The flu is especially dangerous for young children, seniors, and people with chronic medical conditions, such as those that suppress the immune system. The flu shot is an easy, effective way to keep your family healthy and out of urgent care this season. A medical provider will be happy to discuss any concerns you might have about this injection.

    Myth: Flu shots aren’t safe for pregnant women.

    Actually, expecting mothers are strongly urged to get an annual flu shot as soon as it’s available, as pregnancy is a risk factor for severe flu symptoms and related complications. Pregnant women who contract this illness are more likely to require hospitalization. The shot is safe for use during any trimester, and getting it during pregnancy gives the baby important antibodies to protect him or her during the vulnerable early months of life. Public health experts also recommend the flu shot for women who have given birth recently, as they continue to be at a high risk of severe symptoms for two weeks after childbirth.

    Myth: I don’t need a flu shot if I’m not a child or a senior.

    If you aren’t at a high risk of severe symptoms and life-threatening complications, you might naturally begin to wonder if you really need the shot. The truth is that the shot is important for everyone, even for those who are at an average risk. Even if you don’t require hospitalization for this illness, it still causes very unpleasant symptoms, keeps you out of work or school for a week or longer, and puts your loved ones at risk of contracting it.

    Myth: Flu shots aren’t very effective.

    All vaccines given in the U.S. undergo rigorous testing to ensure safety and effectiveness. However, it’s still possible for patients to become ill despite getting a flu shot for the following reasons:

    • The patient becomes ill with a virus that isn’t influenza.
    • The patient contracts the flu within the two-week, post-injection waiting period that’s necessary for the body to produce the protective antibodies.
    • The patient becomes ill with a different strain of flu other than the ones included in the flu vaccine.

    No appointment is needed to get your low-cost or free (for Medicare patients) flu shot at Paramount Urgent Care. For more information, please visit www.paramounturgentcare.com. If you do develop an upper respiratory infection and live near Orlando, you can rely on our urgent care providers to help you feel well again.

  • Debunking Dangerous Flu Shot Myths

    Flu symptoms are a common reason why people seek out urgent care during the winter months. If you’re hoping to avoid the flu this season but are hesitant about getting vaccinated, then continue reading to learn why several flu myths are false.

    Myth #1: You can get the flu from a flu shot.

    One reason why many people choose not to protect themselves with a flu shot is the belief that the vaccine might make them sick. Flu shot injections are made in 2 ways; one version uses flu viruses that are not infectious because they have been inactivated, and the other type contains no flu viruses at all. However, getting a flu shot can cause some side effects, some of which include headache, low-grade fever, and muscle aches, along with redness, tenderness, or swelling at the injection site.

    Myth #3: You don’t need a flu shot every year.

    It’s a common misconception that getting a flu shot one time will provide you with years of protection from the flu virus. There are 2 reasons why this isn’t so. First, flu viruses can change over time to protect themselves. Second, a person’s flu immunity declines over time after getting a flu shot.

    Myth #2: It’s better to catch the flu than to get a flu shot.

    The flu can be a dangerous disease, and catching this virus can be particularly risky for older adults, young children, and individuals who have chronic health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and asthma. It’s essential for people to realize that any case of flu infection has the risk of causing complications that can lead to hospitalization or death. For these reasons, it makes sense to get a flu shot to help reduce your risk of infection.

    Paramount Urgent Care has 4 convenient walk-in clinics that provide flu shots to help you and your family stay well this season. If you need a flu shot in Orlando, Oviedo, Lady Lake, or Clermont, then please give us a call today at (407) 226-1906.

  • Get a Flu Shot Every Year

    Getting a yearly flu shot at an urgent care center or walk in clinic should be a regular part of your health care routine. The flu vaccine can protect you from all known strains of the flu virus.

    Watch this video to learn more about the benefits of the flu vaccine. The best way to ensure that you don’t get the flu is to visit an emergency care center for a flu shot.

    If you’re in need of a flu shot in Orlando, come see us at Paramount Urgent Care. Our urgent care center is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week, and we can administer the flu vaccine to patients of all ages. To learn more about our flu shots and health care services, call us today at (407) 226-1906.

  • How Do Flu Shots Work?

    It’s particularly important for children, the elderly, and anyone with a compromised immune system to receive a flu shot at a walk-in clinic or medical office each year. Without a flu shot, many individuals may be at risk for serious health complications and even death.

    Watch this video for information about how flu vaccines work. Flu vaccines work by exposing your body to a small amount of the flu virus, thus allowing your body to build up antibodies and immunity to common strains of influenza.

    If you need a flu shot near Orlando, come see us at Paramount Urgent Care. Each of our four convenient urgent care center locations can provide flu vaccinations. Call us today at (407) 226-1906 to learn more about our medical services.