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NextCare Urgent Care, Plano (Alma Drive)

NextCare Urgent Care

4.71(3.3k reviews)
3304 Alma Dr, Plano, TX 750233304 Alma Dr
OpenSun 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Recent patient review

I was welcomed with very good courtesy and the care I received was very good!!
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NextCare Urgent Care, Plano (Alma Drive)

NextCare Urgent Care

4.71(3.3k reviews)
3304 Alma Dr, Plano, TX 750233304 Alma Dr
OpenSun 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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I was welcomed with very good courtesy and the care I received was very good!!
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DispatchHealth, Dallas

DispatchHealth

4.8(37k reviews)
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OpenSun 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Q Day Walk-In Clinic & Spa

Q Day Walk-In Clinic & Spa

4.18(158 reviews)
3560 E Pk Blvd, Plano, TX 750743560 E Pk Blvd
OpenSun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Mon10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tue10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Recent patient review

My husband, and received excellent care from the staff. Nurse Wanda is super, and Dr Ahmed. Dr Ahmed even returned my call after the clinic was closed. He is excellent. We love everyone there, and have been there numerous times, and each time received great care.
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NextCare Urgent Care, Richardson

NextCare Urgent Care

4.74(3.1k reviews)
1810 N Plano Rd, Richardson, TX 750811810 N Plano Rd
OpenSun 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Recent patient review

Friendly receptionist and xray technician!!! Waiting time was very brief. I highly recommend this place.
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Urgent Care for Kids, Garland

Urgent Care for Kids

4.81(4.5k reviews)
7150 N President George Bush Hwy, Garland, TX 750447150 N President George Bush Hwy
OpenSun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Mon 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Recent patient review

My son was exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. I was able to book our appointment online, complete all the necessary paperwork digitally and when we arrived we waited for less than 2 minutes before we were called back. We chose to have him tested using the rapid test and we were able to wait in the room for his results. I appreciate their efficiency in our time of need.
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Metroplex Medical Centre, Plano

Metroplex Medical Centre

4.68(25 reviews)
4090 Mapleshade Ln, Plano, TX 750934090 Mapleshade Ln
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  • Mon 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Tue 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
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  • Thu 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Fri 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • SatClosed
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Recent patient review

finally a place which is clean and has good bed side manners.
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Shiloh Urgent Care, Garland

Shiloh Urgent Care

4.81(425 reviews)
2630 Arapaho Rd, Garland, TX 750442630 Arapaho Rd
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  • Mon 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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  • Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Recent patient review

I could never before let anyone stick anything into my nose. Phobia but Sarah calmed me. Everything went smoothly. Thank you Sarah now I need you to be every place I need testing done. Lol Seriously. 😁
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Urgent Care for Kids, Plano

Urgent Care for Kids

4.62(3.1k reviews)
7212 Independence Pkwy, Plano, TX 750257212 Independence Pkwy
OpenSun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Mon12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Tue12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Wed12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Recent patient review

I was here with my precious grandson and had no wait time. The staff was very helpful and friendly. The NP made my 18 mos. grandson feel at ease and he did not cry for the first time. She was very good with him.
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NextCare Urgent Care, Plano (W. Plano Pkwy)

NextCare Urgent Care

4.66(3.2k reviews)
5076 W Plano Pkwy, Plano, TX 750935076 W Plano Pkwy
OpenSun 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Recent patient review

I was taken care by Scott for the visit. He was so patient and understood my concern and helped me to remove the foreign particle in my finger without much pain. I have been visiting primacare for the past few years and I am satisfied with their response
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NextCare Urgent Care, Dallas (Beltline Road)

NextCare Urgent Care

4.67(2.4k reviews)
7910 Belt Line Rd, Dallas, TX 752547910 Belt Line Rd
OpenSun 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Recent patient review

Everyone’s was really nices , from front desk, nurse and Doctor. Thank you for all that’s you do,
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NiteHawk Pediatric Urgent Care

NiteHawk Pediatric Urgent Care

4.84(1.9k reviews)
2640 FM 544, Wylie, TX 750982640 FM 544
OpenSun 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Mon 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Wed 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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  • Sat10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Recent patient review

Everyone was incredibly friendly and the wait time was shorter than anticipated. The staff was extremely friendly, and would definitely be recommended to other families with smaller children.
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USA Testing of Plano, Covid and Drug Testing

USA Testing of Plano

4.49(292 reviews)
7924 Preston Rd, Plano, TX 750247924 Preston Rd
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  • Mon12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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  • Fri 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Recent patient review

I will always come here for Covid testing! So quick and easy! Just a simple drive up test. I was seen immediately and results in less than 10 minutes
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Semper Healthcare Services , Covid Test/Vaccines, Opioid and Mental Health Services

Semper Healthcare Services

4.69(103 reviews)
15080 E Beltwood Pkwy, Addison, TX 7500115080 E Beltwood Pkwy
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Recent patient review

Amazing care and compassion!
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Urgent Care for Kids, Dallas

Urgent Care for Kids

4.71(4.6k reviews)
11661 Preston Rd, Dallas, TX 7523011661 Preston Rd
OpenSun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Mon12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Tue12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Wed12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Recent patient review

We were able to walk in late at night, diagnose and address my child’s strep throat. Thank you for being open late and having such a capable staff.
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Medco ER, Carrollton - ER

Medco ER

3.74(19 reviews)
2745 E Belt Line Rd, Carrollton, TX 750062745 E Belt Line Rd
OpenSun 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Recent patient review

Just what we needed. Didn’t wait long. Received excellent care. Staff was professional and courteous
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CityDoc Urgent Care, Preston

CityDoc Urgent Care

4.82(5.7k reviews)
10759 Preston Rd, Dallas, TX 7523010759 Preston Rd
OpenSun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Recent patient review

Feeling like the PA does not believe you when you explain past medical issues was frustrating. Felt she was not having the best day and had an "I really don't care what you do" attitude since I was told twice I can do what I want. Will request to see someone in future as I truly like your place. Waited a lil longer than unusual but not an issue.
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NextCare Urgent Care, McKinney

NextCare Urgent Care

4.78(3.9k reviews)
1920 Eldorado Pkwy, McKinney, TX 750691920 Eldorado Pkwy
OpenSun 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Recent patient review

All staff were very nice. I felt cared for and heard.
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Britestar Primary Care & Weightloss

Britestar Primary Care & Weightloss

4.84(62 reviews)
1023 Northwest Hwy, Garland, TX 750411023 Northwest Hwy
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  • Mon 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Recent patient review

Wait was a little longer than expected, but this was the Monday right after the New Year's weekend. Check-in was quick and easy. Once I was seen, all was great. Checkout was a breeze.
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Prime Choice Urgent Care, In-Clinic Urgent Care appointments only

Prime Choice Urgent Care

4.31(74 reviews)
12828 Eldorado Pkwy, Frisco, TX 7503512828 Eldorado Pkwy
OpenSun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Recent patient review

Doctor was a little rushed
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Care Express Medical Center

Care Express Medical Center

4.9(130 reviews)
3641 Broadway Blvd, Garland, TX 750433641 Broadway Blvd
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Recent patient review

Most of the staff was at lunch when I was there so the lady who handles the front office also did my test. She was fabulous from the start by keeping me informed about the timeline and conducting the test. The Dr/PA was ok.
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NextCare Urgent Care, Dallas (Marsh Lane)

NextCare Urgent Care

4.63(3.4k reviews)
11888 Marsh Ln, Dallas, TX 7523411888 Marsh Ln
OpenSun 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Recent patient review

I was nervous to get a Covid test for a second surgery on my nose, which is very tender. Janie was very caring and gentle with me.
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Latest Flu Shot updates

May 10, 2022
The nation's flu positivity test rate reached nearly 10 percent in mid-April, making it the first time such an increase has occurred so late in the flu season since 1982 (NBC News)
May 6, 2022
The Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV2 virus is intrinsically as severe as previous variants, according to a preprint version of a large U.S. study that counters assumptions in other studies that it was more transmissible but less severe. (Reuters)

Flu Shot FAQs

  • How can I book a flu shot in Plano?

    Same-day and next day appointments for flu shots are bookable directly through Solv. Simply search for a Plano-area doctor, find a provider, and book a time that aligns with your schedule stating “flu shot” as your reason for visit.

  • Where can I get a flu shot in Plano?

    The flu vaccine should generally be available at Plano-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.

  • Where can I get a flu shot after hours in Plano?

    Outside routine work hours, most Plano 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.

  • Is a flu shot necessary?

    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.

  • Do I need to get a flu shot every year?

    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.

  • When should I get a flu shot?

    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.

  • How effective is the flu shot?

    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.

  • How long does a flu shot last?

    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.

  • How much does a flu shot cost?

    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.

  • Is a flu shot covered by insurance?

    Your health insurance must cover the flu vaccine, as well as other vaccines, without a copayment or coinsurance. However, check with your insurance company to see if the vaccine must be administered at a specified location.

Plano Flu Shots

A flu shot (flu vaccine) is a deactivated flu virus that's used to protect against influenza, a serious disease that can send you to the hospital or, in some cases, kill you. Millions of people get the flu every year and tens of thousands of people die from it. The CDC recommends that everyone six months and older get the flu vaccine before flu season each year since your immune protection declines over time. Symptoms of the flu might include coughing, fever, muscle or body aches, sore throat, tiredness, headaches, stuffy or runny nose, chills, and possibly diarrhea and vomiting.

Some people who get the vaccine still get sick, but some studies have shown that the flu vaccine can reduce the severity of the illness in some people. The flu shot can protect women during and after pregnancy, vulnerable groups of people (like infants, the elderly, and those with chronic diseases), and prevent complications in people with chronic diseases. Anyone with severe allergies to any ingredients in the flu shot should obviously avoid it, as well as anyone who's had a severe allergic reaction to a flu shot before and anyone with Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

The influenza virus immunization, commonly referred to as the flu shot, can help you avoid becoming ill with the flu. You can make the best health decisions for you and your family by learning more about the flu shot's benefits and how it works.

Flu shot: Your best bet for avoiding influenza

The flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is a potentially fatal illness that can lead to hospitalization and death. Millions of people in the United States contract the flu each year, and tens of thousands of people die as a result of flu-related illnesses, according to the report. The flu can cause ear infections, bacterial pneumonia, and chronic health problems such as diabetes and heart failure.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flu vaccine has been shown to reduce the risk of flu-related illness, hospitalizations, and fatalities in children. According to the Centers for Sickness Control and Prevention, it may even reduce the severity of disease in people who suffer breakthrough infections after getting vaccinated.

When is the flu vaccine available?

The CDC recommends getting the seasonal flu vaccine in September or October, before the flu begins to spread in communities. Because the flu season normally peaks in February and lasts well into May, the CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine even if you don't get it before the end of October.

The seasonal flu vaccine usually becomes available in July or August, according to the CDC, which is when children should get it. Adults are advised not to get vaccinated at this time since the flu vaccine's effectiveness decreases over time.

Why do I need to get vaccinated every year?

According to the CDC, everyone six months and older should get a flu shot every year. Because flu viruses evolve over time, flu vaccines must be updated every year to offer protection against the most recent strain. According to the CDC, the flu vaccine's immunity weakens over time, so a yearly dose can provide the most protection.

Who should get the flu vaccine?

The CDC recommends that everyone six months of age and older get the flu vaccine every season. It does, however, mention that different vaccines may be required for different people. The nasal spray flu vaccine is not recommended for pregnant women due to an increased risk of complications, according to the CDC.

What are my flu vaccine delivery options?

There are two types of flu vaccines: injection and nasal spray. According to the CDC, most flu vaccinations are administered with a needle inserted into the arm muscle, though a jet injector may be used in people aged 18 to 64. The nasal spray immunization is only available to people aged two to 49, with the exception of pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems, according to the CDC.

Can the vaccine give me the flu or other respiratory diseases?

The flu vaccine, according to the CDC, will not give you the flu virus. However, it does warn that it may cause many of the same side effects and symptoms as the flu and other respiratory ailments, including fever, cough, headaches, muscle pains, and a runny nose.

What kind of protection does the flu vaccine offer?

The flu vaccine, according to the CDC, can cut your chances of catching the flu by 40% to 60%. It goes on to add that there are two main factors that determine whether or not the flu vaccine will protect you from becoming ill with the flu. The person's attributes, such as age and health, as well as how well the current season's immunizations "match" the flu viruses circulating in the population, are all taken into account.

Can I lower my risk of the flu without getting a flu shot?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are a number of effective ways to reduce your risk of catching the flu without getting vaccinated. Exercising frequently, eating good meals, getting plenty of quality sleep, and managing stress are some of the most effective methods to maintain a robust immune system and avoid the flu. According to the CDC, other precautions include often washing your hands, covering your mouth and nose while sneezing or coughing, and avoiding close contact with sick people.

Rob Rohatsch
Medically reviewed by Dr. Rob Rohatsch, MD

Updated on Apr 25, 22

Sources

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  1. Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine (November 18, 2021) ​
    https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/keyfacts.htm
  2. Who Needs a Flu Vaccine (October 27, 2021)
    https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/vaccinations.htm
  3. Seasonal Flu Vaccines (December 8, 2021)
    https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/flushot.htm
  4. Interstitial Pneumonia Associated with the Influenza Vaccine: A Report of Two Cases (January 15, 2017)
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5337467/
  5. Assessment of temporally-related acute respiratory illness following influenza vaccination (April 5, 2018)
    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264410X18303153?via%3Dihub
  6. Vaccine Effectiveness: How Well Do Flu Vaccines Work? (October 25, 2021)
    https://www.cdc.gov/flu/vaccines-work/vaccineeffect.htm
  7. About The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)
    https://wonder.cdc.gov/vaers.html
  8. Who is unlikely to report adverse events after vaccinations to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)? (May 31, 2013)
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23597717/
  9. What’s in Vaccines? (August 5, 2019)
    https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/additives.htm

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