For many Americans, the flu is mostly just a nuisance, but for others, the flu can be more serious. And because flu symptoms are so similar to the symptoms of other illnesses, like colds, it can be hard to determine whether or not you have the flu. On top of all that, the flu is highly contagious during flu season. All this is why you should consider getting an annual flu shot, and get it before the flu season begins. Over here at DOC-AID Urgent Care, you’ll be able to get a flu shot for yourself and your family any day of the week and even during evenings. Come see us today for flu shots in Laredo, TX.
What are the common flu symptoms?
The flu and its symptoms can change year to year. However, doctors are able to keep up with it and change the flu shot when necessary. Even though the flu and the symptoms can change and vary, there are some common, recurring symptoms such as stuffy nose, sore throat, and cough.
Those symptoms are recurring with both the flu and the common cold, but there are additional symptoms exclusive to the flu. You’ll be able to tell that you have the flu if you’re also feeling like you have an achy and fatigued body. You might have headaches, chills, and/or fever too, and some people might even have a fever over 100 degrees. It’s important to remember that with infants, the flu with a fever can be serious and even life-threatening, so in this situation, it’s absolutely necessary to dial 911 and go to the emergency room (ER). Older children with the flu aren’t at a significant risk. They can experience the same flu symptoms adults experience, but maybe also nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea.
What are the risks and side effects of a flu shot?
The flu shot is perfectly safe for almost everyone, including children. There is a great deal of research and a long safety record to support the flu shot, with hundreds of millions of flu shots given to Americans over the last 50 years. Despite what some people believe, it is, in fact, impossible to get the flu from a flu shot.
There are very few Americans who have very specific risk factors that can make it inadvisable to get a flu shot, but this is a very small segment of the population. Here at DOC-AID Urgent Care, we always look at our patients’ medical history to ensure they aren’t at any risk for the flu shot.
Also, there are very few side effects of getting a flu shot, so for almost every person, the shot is perfectly safe! Any of these side effects are mild and temporary, so they will wear off quickly.
These side effects can include:
- Some soreness or swelling around the area
- Muscle aches
Are flu shots covered by insurance?
Yes, most insurance providers cover the costs of flu shots. Over here at DOC-AID Urgent Care, we work with most insurers to help you cover the costs of your flu shots with us. And if you don’t have insurance, don’t worry, our self-pay options are affordable.
Do you provide flu shots in Laredo, TX?
Yes, we do! We provide flu shots for people of any age, and we’re located over at 2438 Monarch Drive Suite A-375 Laredo TX 78045. To get your flu shot with us, make an appointment with us online or simply come visit us for a same-day flu shot! No appointment is necessary, so you can walk right in for service. Bring in your family for their shots too! We’re open for you and your family Monday to Sunday, 10 am to 8 pm.