Each year approximately 200,000 people become so sick from the flu that they have to go to the hospital and 36,000 die from the flu and complications. The best way to avoid the fever, cough, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, and tiredness caused by the flu is to get a flu shot.
Cypress Fairbanks Urgent Care Center will be providing low-cost, annual flu shots to the community beginning Friday, October 1, while supplies last. Anyone age 9 and up is eligible and the cost is only $20. The Urgent Care Center is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome and no appointment is necessary. The Cypress Fairbanks Urgent Care Center is located at 9110 Barker Cypress Road, near West Road. Cash and check are accepted for the flu vaccine.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends an annual vaccination because strains of flu virus change from year to year. October or November is the best time because infection-fighting antibodies that protect against the flu take about two weeks to develop in the body. But even if you wait, a flu shot may still help prevent illness since the flu season can last until May. It is important to remember that a vaccination does not offer complete protection against illness, but if you do get the flu afterwards, you are less at risk of developing flu-related complications.
The seasonal flu vaccine will protect against three influenza viruses that are expected to be most common during the upcoming season. While everyone six months and older should get a flu vaccine, it is especially important for some people to receive a vaccine because they are at high risk of having serious complications. These groups include pregnant women, people 50 years or older, those with certain chronic medical conditions, and people who live in nursing homes or long-term care facilities.
For more information, call 281-517-9900 or visit www.CyFairUrgentCare.com.