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Preventing the Flu

Influenza, commonly known as “the flu,” is an extremely contagious respiratory infection with symptoms that often include high fever, cough, sore throat, and body aches. It can cause severe complications, even death, particularly in high-risk groups. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year in the United States an estimated 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu. In 30 years of tracking flu-related deaths in the U.S., as many as 49,000 people have died in one year.
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    What You Need to Know About the Flu Vaccine

    • In the United States, flu is most common in the wintertime and peaks between December and March.
    • The flu vaccine is the single best way to prevent the flu.
    • A flu shot is recommended every year because your body’s resistance to flu virus diminishes and the flu virus can change from season to season.
    • A flu shot can take up to two weeks to reach maximum potency, which is why it’s recommended early in the flu season.
    • Influenza can be spread to others up to 24 hours before a person develops symptoms and up to seven days after becoming sick.
    • The flu can cause serious complications and even deaths for infants, the elderly, people with chronic illnesses, or other high-risk individuals.
    • Even late in our flu season, flu shots are important for people traveling to the southern hemisphere – the flu season there happens opposite to flu season here. In the tropics, it is all year round.
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      Why Concentra?

      Concentra delivers quality and experienced medical care for a wide range of illnesses and injuries, including colds and seasonal influenza. As a leading provider of occupational medicine and urgent care services, Concentra provides flu shots to employees and patients across the country, at more than 300 locations. For your best protection against the flu, we offer:

      • Flu shots that cover 4 (not 3) virus strains
      • Convenient locations close to work
      • Walk-in service
      • Simple flu shot-only service
      • Educational information about influenza

      If you think you might have the flu, we can treat you! Visit our location finder to find a Concentra urgent care center near you, or if you don’t have the flu—get a quick flu shot today.