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Flu Shot Specialist

Valdosta Family Medicine Associates, P.C.

Family Medicine Practice located in Valdosta, GA

As many as 45 million Americans get the flu every year. A flu shot takes only a few minutes, and it’s the only way you can prevent this potentially severe or fatal illness. At Valdosta Family Medicine Associates, P.C., the skilled team of health care providers offers flu shots on-site for your convenience. From the youngest to the oldest members of your family, everyone can get their flu shot quickly and easily in the Valdosta, Georgia, office. Call the office or book your flu shot online.

Flu Shot Q&A

What is the flu?

The flu, or influenza, is a highly contagious illness that can cause a variety of respiratory and even bodywide symptoms. Flu causes more missed workdays than any other illness. Some common symptoms of the flu include:

  • Cough
  • Chills and body sweats
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Stuffy nose
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Exhaustion
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

The flu sometimes causes fever. Most people have multiple symptoms, and in the most severe cases, the flu can cause death. 

What is the flu shot?

The flu shot is an annual vaccination that can prevent influenza. This in-arm vaccination takes just a few minutes in the Valdosta Family Medicine Associates, P.C., office. 

A flu shot protects you from the most prevalent strains of the virus, so its ingredients change every year. 

Every year, the World Health Organization (WHO) compiles a vast amount of information about current flu strains around the world. They then identify the specific strains most likely to cause illness in the next flu season and then include those strains in the new vaccine.

Who should have the flu shot?

The Valdosta Family Medicine Associates, P.C., team follows the American Academy of Family Physicians flu shot recommendations, which state that everyone over six months of age needs a flu vaccination if they don't have contraindications.

Flu shot contraindications include life-threatening allergies to any of the vaccine ingredients such as gelatin and antibiotics. 

If you have a severe egg allergy, you can still get a flu vaccine. But it's important to share this information with your medical care providers ahead of the vaccination because you may need extra monitoring after the shot.

When should I schedule a flu shot?

Schedule your flu shot by the end of October, if possible. That allows time for protective antibodies to activate in your body before flu season starts. But, if you don't get a flu shot early, you should still do so anytime during the flu season. 

Very early flu vaccination, for example, summertime flu shots, may give you less protection during flu season. 

You can protect your family with flu shots by calling Valdosta Family Medicine Associates, P.C., or clicking the online link.