Each year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention releases its predictions for the upcoming flu season. What will the next few months hold for your health? The staff at Riverview Medical Center’s urgent care want you to be prepared—and want you to understand why getting a flu shot is so important. Here are a few things we want you to know as the 2018-2019 flu season arrives.

  • Will this year’s flu shot be effective? In 2016-2017, many people got sick despite having had the flu vaccine. While it’s impossible to tell how the virus will mutate, researchers spend a lot of time determining which strains to include in the shot. Some of this year’s shots contain three common strains while others contain four.
  • Which shot should I get? According to the CDC, most of the traditional, egg-based shots will contain four strains of the flu virus. The same holds true for the nasal spray version of the vaccine.
  • Who should get the flu shot? It’s recommended that all healthy adults get the vaccine. Children, older adults, and those suffering from chronic illnesses should probably get the vaccine, too, although further discussion with a doctor, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner may be required.
  • When should I get the shot? Getting the shot now means you’ll have antibodies in your system before a flu outbreak hits. If possible get vaccinated before the end of October.

If you need a flu shot without the hassle of waiting for a doctor’s appointment, come to Riverview Medical Center’s urgent care. You can walk in to our Rock Hill and Charlotte locations for a vaccine without a medical exam. Even better, most insurance plans cover the flu shot at 100% so there’s no co-pay for the shot itself. There’s really no excuse to not get vaccinated, so pay a visit to our urgent care clinics today!