How Can I Prevent the Flu?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that up to 20 percent of people living in the United States get the flu each year. Of those people, approximately 200,000 will be hospitalized because of their symptoms.

The numbers are staggering. That’s why our team at AFC Urgent Care Sevierville wants to share some insight about the flu—and why the flu shot is so important.

Who Needs a Flu Shot?

According to the CDC, nearly everyone age 6 months and older should be vaccinated annually against the flu. But certain groups are at a higher risk of developing the flu and definitely need the vaccine, including older adults and young children, pregnant women, and those with chronic health conditions that impact the immune system.

Flu Symptoms

  • Chills
  • Dehydration
  • Dry or wet cough
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Flushing
  • Muscle pain
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sore throat

Will I Have to Pay for My Flu Shot?

Under the Affordable Care Act, the flu vaccine and other vaccines are considered covered preventive care, meaning they should be covered free of cost under most plans. That means you shouldn’t pay a copay or out-of-pocket cost for the vaccine if you have insurance.

Benefits of the Flu Shot

  • Reduce the risk of the flu
  • Saves lives, especially younger children and older adults
  • Protects pregnant women and their babies

Haven’t gotten your flu vaccine yet? What are you waiting for? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Sevierville today to receive your flu shot ASAP!