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The flu vaccine should generally be available atSilver City-area urgent care centers, retail clinics, primary care doctor offices, and local pharmacies. While many times you can simply walk in to get a flu shot, it is best to book an appointment online to reduce your wait time.
Outside routine work hours, mostSilver City primary care doctor offices are closed, however, most of the area’s urgent care and retail clinics are open after hours and on weekends. book an after hours appointment today.
Same-day and next day appointments for flu shots are bookable directly through Solv. Simply search for a Silver City-area doctor, find a provider, and book a time that aligns with your schedule stating “flu shot” as your reason for visit.
Everyone 6 months or older should get vaccinated for the flu every year. Influenza, or the flu, is a serious virus and infection that hospitalizes and kills thousands of people annually. And it is constantly changing. The flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family from contracting the virus.
Flu vaccines are needed annually, primarily for two reasons. First, the flu virus is constantly evolving, meaning the virus you received a vaccine for last year is unique from the virus in the upcoming season. As such, the vaccine itself needs to be different. Second, the vaccine itself wears off and your immune system’s response to the flu virus decreases over time. Unless you receive the vaccine every year, you will lack necessary immunity.
Each year is a little different, but flu season generally starts as early as September. Getting a flu shot early in the season - August to October - gives your buddy the best opportunity to build up immunity to the virus as it does take roughly two weeks for the vaccine to protect you against infection. Of course, if you are unable to get the flu shot early, getting a flu shot later still helps as the virus could last through May.
Each year, the CDC and other organizations conduct studies to determine the effectiveness of the flu vaccine against that years flu virus. According to the CDC, recent studies show that flu vaccination reduces the risk of flu illness by between 40% and 60%. Of course, there are multiple types and strands of the flu virus including influenza B and influenza A(H1N1), as well as influenza A(H3N2). Generally speaking, flu shots tend to work better against influenza types A & B.
The flu vaccine lasts for one flu season as the virus constantly evolves and each year the vaccine is produced to specifically protect against the strand(s) that are prevalent in the upcoming flu season.
Depending on where you get your flu vaccine, what type of vaccine you are getting, and whether or not you are insured, flu shot costs vary. Generally speaking, however, flu shots can cost between $0 and $50, sometimes more.
"Just in for a flu shot but made my urgent care appointment online and had minimal wait. Everything taken care of in a friendly and prompt manner."
"This urgent care is awesome!! They are fast and efficient. Both the front desk ladies were super nice. They helped me with my paperwork to expedite my visit. The young lady in the back was also very nice and gave one of the best flu shots I have ever had. The doctor was even nice enough to stop by and greet me, even though I was not there for a doctor's visit, I was just getting a flu shot. This is a super staff and I would highly recommend this clinic for all your medical needs."
"My daughter was experiencing high anxiety because we went to get a flu shot. She was uncooperative and crying. The staff was calm, caring, and attentive. They explained what was going to happen in five-year-old terms and got the job done. The immunization was given before my daughter could even realize it! Once we got into the car, she requested "to only have shots like that one that didn't hurt." Though we can't guarantee that shots won't hurt, it is nice to have a guarantee of exceptional care. I can confidently say, that we have had that "guarantee" over the last five years of my child's life that we have periodically visited this urgent care."