MHM Urgent Care is offering $15 flu shots during National Influenza Vaccination Week, December 8-December 14, to help Louisiana residents better prepare for a flu season that is about to enter its peak time. The half price flu shots will be available at all MHM Urgent Care locations across Louisiana.
National Influenza Vaccination Week, established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), was created to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination, as well as fostering greater use of flu vaccine after the holiday season into January and beyond.
Flu viruses change over time and new strains emerge that may not be recognized by the immune system. The influenza vaccine helps build immunity to these new flu virus strains. Each year, the flu vaccine is made from the strains of virus that are most likely to cause the disease that year. While flu vaccine cannot prevent all cases of flu, it is the best defense available against the disease.
The CDC recommends that everyone six months and older get a flu shot as soon as possible, since it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu. It is always best to have the vaccine administered where a physician and a fully equipped medical supporting staff are available in case of side effects.
“I highly encourage everyone to get vaccinated if for no other reason than to protect others around you and slow the spread of the virus,” said Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich, Chief Medical Officer for MHM Urgent Care and Coroner for Jefferson Parish. “Louisiana experienced higher-than-usual flu activity last year and we’re now entering the peak times of its season.”
Approximately 24,000-35,000 Americans die each flu season* as a result of influenza, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention. People who are at a high-risk of developing flu related complications include children, the elderly, pregnant women, the immuno-compromised and people with underlying medical conditions.
MHM Urgent Care is a network of Urgent Care Centers throughout southeast Louisiana offering ready access to healthcare services when hospital emergency departments or primary care physicians are out of reach. Each center is fully equipped with on-site laboratory, X-ray technology, and board-certified physicians in order to offer the highest quality treatment for a wide range of injury and illness. Visit www.MyHealthcareMatters.com for more information.
Discounted flu shots will be offered Sunday, December 8 through Saturday, December 14, 2013, at all MHM Urgent Care locations in recognition of National Influenza Vaccination Week as an important reminder for everyone 6 months and older to get vaccinated. Flu shots are covered by most insurance plans. Vaccine available while supplies last.