Doctor's Orders

Must-knows About the Flu!

By: Dr. Rooke

 

With flu season quickly approaching, flu myths can circulate as quickly as the virus itself. The most common flu questions answered below.

 

Will the flu shot give me the flu?

This is one of the most common questions related to the flu. And the answer is: You cannot get the flu from the flu shot! It is possible to experience some flu-like effects from receiving the shot, such as aches, runny nose and fatigue. The possible flu-like symptoms after receiving the shot should only last a few days or less.

 

Why is it important to get the flu shot?

It’s especially important for young people, the elderly and people with underlying medical issues to get the flu shot each year to prevent serious complications from contracting the flu. It’s also important to protect yourself in order to prevent the spread of the flu virus through the community, which can cause lost productivity at school and work.

 

When is the best time of year to get the flu shot?

It’s best to get the flu shot in late September or early October before flu season strikes; however, it may be given throughout flu season.  The key to the flu shot’s effectiveness, as with most immunizations, is to receive it early enough for the body’s immune system to react to the shot for immunity to the specific strains of influenza included in the shot.

 

Western New York Immediate Care is now offering the flu shot to protect against this year’s flu season. Walk in to one of our convenient locations today!

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“My daughter and I visited the Orchard Park Road location of Immediate Care on Saturday evening.  I don’t know if I will receive a questionnaire to tell you this, but we had a really great experience at this facility.  This location is so well run!  We were greeted at the door by a very cheerful person (so sorry I do not remember her name).  She gave us all of the information we needed and set expectations to what our wait time might be so that we had enough time to fill out our paperwork in the car. 

Our nurse, Michelle, kept in contact with us to let us know when we would be allowed to enter the building for our tests.  Michelle was very thorough in her questions.  She took our vitals, and the test was administered quickly, and as painlessly as humanly possible.  Our doctor, Katie, arrived several minutes later to ensure we understood everything about the testing procedures.  In such a stressful time, everyone at this facility was patient, pleasant and very thorough.

Our wait time to enter the building was just over an hour, as expected.  Given the numbers in Erie County, it could have been so much longer.  Please thank your team for making this process so easy and efficient.  These are difficult times.  We could all use more compliments and fewer complaints.”

November 16, 2020