The Center for Disease Control states the best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year. The CDC recommends all people six months and older get a flu shot, and the optimal time to get your flu shot is during the month of September or October.
Flu Shot Can Help Keep You Well this Winter
The manufacture of flu shots is designed to battle what are predicted to be the most-rampant influenza strains that year. Though not a guarantee you won’t catch influenza, getting a flu shot is your best defense against contracting the disease. Urgent Care Network of Omaha clinics offer the flu shot for $30 cash-pay, or we can file to your insurance if you know you have flu shot coverage.
What Else You Can Do to Help Prevent the Flu
In addition to getting a flu shot, there are some other everyday preventative actions you can take to avoid contracting influenza. These actions include:
- frequent hand-washing
- avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- clean and disinfect surfaces that may be germ-contaminated
- as much as possible, avoid contact with sick people
A stronger flu strain
The higher numbers may be partly due to better on-the-spot flu tests, Australia’s health department says. But they could also be due to the dominating flu strain — one called H3N2, said Dr. Hana El Sahly, associate professor of molecular virology and microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine. For more information click here.
Urgent Care Network
The Urgent Care Network Omaha is an independent, locally-owned group of three urgent care clinics in the Omaha metropolitan area. Our three clinics are Bellevue Urgent Care (since 2009), Rockbrook Urgent Care (since 2011) and the newest location, Crossroads Urgent Care (opened in August, 2016).
The focus of Urgent Care Network Omaha clinics is to take care of the issues that aren’t extreme. We treat minor illnesses like the flu, infections, fevers, nausea, etc. Also minor injuries such as sprains, possible broken bones, lacerations, sports injuries, etc. We also provide occupational health services like work comp care, pre-employment physicals, drug screens, etc. More details are available on our services page.