Flu season is right around the corner but with schools back in session, cases of influenza are already starting to emerge. While most people know the most effective precaution against getting the flu is a seasonal flu vaccine, busy schedules often stand in the way of this important health care treatment. Finding the time can be a huge hassle but the few minutes it takes to get a flu shot will be far more convenient than the two to three days that can be lost while recovering from a bout with the flu.
The good news is that as more people have realized the importance of flu vaccines, more and more medical providers are offering creative ways to provide vaccines quickly and conveniently.
Here are some creative options to make it easy for you to get your seasonal flu vaccine regardless of your schedule.
Schedule With Your Primary Care Provider (PCP) – This is great way to get your shot at a fixed appointment. It only takes a few minutes and many providers offer very flexible schedules for this service.
Make It Part Of Your Annual Physical – Why not schedule your annual physical to coincide with your flu vaccine? It’s a great way to take care of two important parts of your health care routine.
Flu Shots at Walk-in Clinics – The need for convenient health care has fueled a tremendous growth in walk-in clinics. These can provide an array of treatments for minor injuries and ailments and almost all now offer flu shots. With the convenience of immediate, walk-in care, this is a great alternative for people who are on the go.
Drive-through Flu Shots – Drive-through service is about as fast and simple as you can get and now local medical centers are offering it as a way to administer flu shots. Drive up, roll up your sleeve, and get vaccinated right in the comfort of your vehicle. Shots take as little as 1-2 minutes to complete, with typical waiting times less than 15-20 minutes at most organized events. Search for “drive-through flu shots” in your area to locate times and locations.
- Schedule a Flu Clinic for Your Office – Why not have a medical practitioner come to your office and provide vaccines for everyone? Many clinics now offer this very convenient option at affordable rates. As an employer you can ensure your entire staff is protected as flu season approaches.
With all the options available today, there are few excuses left for going through another flu season without a vaccine. Although the winter months are usually the peak, influenza typically begins appearing in the population by October, so now is the time to act. Find a qualified medical provider in your neighborhood and make sure you and your family are prepared for this year’s flu season.
On a local note, if you live in the Northern Va area, NOVA Urgent Care has four convenient locations and can help you with all of these time saving options for flu shots. Contact NOVA Urgent Care about flu shot programs in your area.