Tennessee state health officials, as well as those at the national level, are urging everyone to get a flu vaccine this fall. But why is that?

Well, it’s pretty simple. The flu shot is your best defense against the flu—a common and extremely contagious illness that can have serious complications.

Read on as our team at AFC Urgent Care Chattanooga provides some insight.

Why Is It So Important to Get a Flu Shot?

We talked about it above, but a flu shot is your best defense against getting the flu. Not only will this help reduce your risk of developing the flu, but if you do happen to get a different strain of the flu, your illness will be less severe and for a shorter duration.

In addition, by getting the flu vaccine, you’re helping protect those within your community who can’t be vaccinated, such as those under age 6 months or with a weakened immune system.

People at Highest Risk of the Flu & Complications

  • Young children
  • Older adults
  • People with chronic medical conditions
  • Pregnant women

What Are Other Ways to Prevent the Flu?

Once you’ve gotten your flu shot, there are still other steps you can take to prevent the illness. You’ll want to practice basic good hygiene by washing your hands regularly with soap and water and disinfecting commonly touched surfaces often.

Because the condition is very contagious, it’s important to know the signs of the flu—and seek prompt medical care if you experience them. This can help avoid spreading the illness.

Symptoms of the Flu

  • Headache
  • Fever over 100.4 F
  • Aching muscles
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sore throat
  • Sweats
  • Chills
  • Persistent cough
  • Weakness

Do you need to get a flu shot? Visit AFC Urgent Care Chattanooga today. We are here to help!