Flu season has already begun, but it’s not too late to be vaccinated against the disease. Shore Medical Center’s Quick Care Centers in Egg Harbor Township and Ocean City are ready to keep the community healthy all winter long.
Ann Grosso, clinical manager of the Quick Care program, says her facilities have plenty of vaccine in stock for those in need. With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season upon us, now is a great time to become vaccinated, before it may slip your mind.
“The more people who become vaccinated, the less chance for outbreaks,” Grosso says. “You’re limiting the susceptible population.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu season lasts from October through April each year, with the season’s peak typically in January and February. Once vaccinated, it takes about two weeks to build immunity to the flu.
Symptoms typically include:
• Body aches
• Extreme tiredness
• Sore throat
• Runny or stuffy nose
• Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, although this is more common in children than adults.
In general, symptoms mimic those of a cold, although flu symptoms can be more intense, and a runny and/or stuffy nose is more associated with a cold. The real danger with contracting the flu, Grosso says, is that it can lead to more serious illness, such as pneumonia. That’s why most people ages 6 months or older should get a flu vaccination. However, some are at a higher risk of contracting the flu.
• Those with a history of cardiac or pulmonary disease
• Ages 65 and older
• Pregnant women
• Young children
And, there are some who should not get vaccinated. Among those who should avoid vaccination are the seriously ill; those with a history of Guillain-Barre Syndrome; and if you have had a previous reaction to flu shots.
Of course, no one enjoys the pinch of getting a shot. Yet that moment of discomfort can pay dividends down the line when flu season is at its peak.
When minor injuries and illness strike, Shore Medical Center’s Quick Care Centers provide a treatment option outside of an emergency room visit. With convenient locations in Egg Harbor Township and Ocean City, Quick Care is a valuable community resource.
In Egg Harbor Township, the Quick Care Center is located in the Harbor Village Square shopping area at Ocean Heights Avenue and Zion Road. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; call 609-927-8069 for more information.
In Ocean City, the Quick Care Center is located at 914 Haven Ave. Call 609-391-8105 for availability.