This flu season, the CDC recommends everyone over 6 months of age receive the annual flu vaccination. Check-in online or walk-in to get your flu shot at your nearby Partners Urgent Care center any day of the week, from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.
What flu shot options does Partners Urgent Care offer?
We offer the standard flu shot at Partners Urgent Care. The flu shot is:
- Approved for ages 4 - 64
- Approved for pregnant women
Partners Urgent Care does not offer the high potency flu shot for 65 years of age and older and does not offer the Flu nasal spray (FluMist).
Why should you get the flu shot this year?
If you’ve ever had the flu, you know how serious it is. In fact, it can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Since some populations are more vulnerable to the flu and its symptoms than others, by getting a vaccination, it not only protects yourself against the flu but also helps eliminate the risk that you may spread the flu to those who are less healthy and unable to fight its symptoms.
When should I get the flu shot?
You should get the flu shot before the flu begins spreading in your community. The CDC recommends that you get your vaccination by the end of October as it takes the antibodies from the flu shot about 2 weeks to develop in your body to actively protect against the flu. Getting vaccinated later than October is still beneficial and flu shots will continue to be offered at Partners Urgent Care throughout the flu season while supplies last.
Who should get the flu shot?
Everyone over 6 months of age who does not fall into a rare exception of who should not be vaccinated should get the flu shot. Partners Urgent Care provides flu shots approved for ages 4 - 64.
What strains of the flu virus does this year's flu shot protect against?
Every year, a world-wide committee gets together to make recommendations for the makeup of the upcoming year’s flu vaccination and the strains it will protect against. For 2018-2019, the quadrivalent flu shot includes protection against these strains:
- A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1) pdm09-like virus
- A/Singapore/INFIMH-16-0019/2016 A(H3N2)-like virus
- B/Colorado/06/2017-like (Victoria lineage) virus
- B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (Yamagata lineage) virus