Flu Shots in Norman

Immediate Care of Oklahoma has locations in Norman, and South Oklahoma City serving patients of all ages. It is one of the best places to get flu shots in Norman because of their convenient locations and their quick service. With a high expectancy for flu shots this season, we wanted to find out the good and the bad of flu shots as well as the best time to get the vaccine. Material manage of ICO, Mark Hunt, answered some common questions about the flu shot and flu season.

Interesting Companies: When is the best time to get a flu shot?

Immediate Care of Oklahoma: Usually we start giving flu shots in late September. In recent years we have seen the flu season start as early as October and last until April or May. The past 3 years that we have been providing medical care, we have seen the peak of the flu season in February.

Interesting Companies: Who should get the shot? 

ICO: Everyone 6 months and older should receive a flu vaccine except for those people that are allergic to it or have certain medical problems. Anyone who might develop pneumonia as a result of the flu should be vaccinated. It is especially important for those with certain medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma, and chronic lung disease, persons over 65, and pregnant women. Those who live with or are care givers of others who have these conditions are urged by the CDC to receive the vaccine.

Interesting Companies: Does the shot have any side effects?

ICO: Usually the most common adverse reaction is localized pain, or a warm feeling around the injection site, and one could also feel a little “achy”. These are easily managed with Acetaminophen or other similar medications.

Interesting Companies: Does the shot protect for the whole flu season?

ICO: Usually protection is granted after about two weeks of antibodies developed by each individuals immune system. There are several factors that can cause a decrease in antibodies levels, depending on the individuals overall health, and any chronic medical conditions. Studies done in children have shown immunity to last throughout the whole flu season.

Interesting Companies: What does the shot protect against?

ICO: There are several types of flu strain vaccines included each year. A great resource is the Centers for Disease Control. You can follow this link to their 2012-13 update at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/upcoming.htm

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