Flu Shots in Howard County
The severity of influenza or simply the flu is often downplayed because it is typically associated with the innocuous common cold. This perceived similarity derives from how both illnesses attack the body’s respiratory tract. Yet unlike the common cold, the flu causes far more debilitating symptoms. While certain flu viruses only yield mild to moderate suffering, more severe strands can require hospitalization, and can potentially lead to death if left untreated.
It is incredibly important for people to receive a flu shot every year. Once you have received one, your body will then quickly build up the immunity to defend itself. At FirstCall Medical Center our trained staff of medical professionals administer flu shots before the start of flu season each year in an effort to make Howard County as flu-free as possible. We accept the majority of health insurances and get patients in-and-out the door quicker than primary care offices. Our team can get you ready for flu season as fast as possible!
We offer flu shots to employees and their families for local companies. Both walk-in centers and urgent care centers provide flu shots on a walk-in basis. You do not need an appointment to receive an individual flu shot. To book a mobile flu shot clinic at your company or place of work, please send us a message.
How does the flu impact me? How can I treat and prevent the flu?
Influenza, or “the flu,” is a seasonal illness that impacts millions of individuals across the United States. At least 480,000 individuals on average will be hospitalized from the flu while millions are likely to miss work, school, or other activities.
Without a flu shot, patients are likely to experience several symptoms including cough, sore throat, fatigue, sneezing, muscle aches, headaches, and nausea. This is because the flu shot helps the body build immunity against each year strain of influenza. The flu adapts and changes each year so you’ll want to get a flu shot as soon as possible.
With the flu infection rate peaking between January and March, it’s smart to get a flu shot as early as you can. Our physicians recommend receiving your shot by October or November because the shot takes some time before it’s in full effect. If you get your shot early, you’ll be ready well in advance and have the peace-of-mind necessary to resume your day-to-day activities.
What are some telltale signs of the flu?
The flu virus usually causes symptoms within one to three days of an infection. In general, a patient’s symptoms gradually progress from mild to more intense and irritable symptoms. But in extreme cases, a patient could have significant flu symptoms. Below is a short list of the flu symptoms to watch for:
- Fever and headache
- Nausea and upset stomach
- Coughing, sneezing, and respiratory irritation
- Fatigue and loss of energy
Sometimes, flu symptoms can lead to a variety of medical problems for vulnerable patients. For example, asthmatic patients may have more day-to-day difficulties dealing with the flu. However, most patients will at least miss a few weeks of school or work with the flu.