It’s the weekend and you have to drop the kids off at soccer practice or maybe a swim meet, hit the grocery store, take the kids to a birthday party, finish home projects, and so much more! Most of our board-certified physicians are parents too…we get it. Which is why eMedical Urgent Care offers weekend doctor’s office hours as well as two drive-thru flu clinics in Middletown and Berkeley Heights to conveniently fit your busy schedule.
Drive-Thru Flu Clinic: What to Expect?
The process is simple and takes only 1-2 minutes to complete (leaving you enough time to grab a coffee before picking your kids up from practice!) During this popular vaccination event, participants will drive into the urgent care center’s parking lot where they will be greeted by a staff member. After reading and signing a consent form, participants will be asked to roll up their sleeves to receive a flu shot while remaining seated in their vehicles. It is very convenient and essentially no different than receiving it in the office. Clinics will be held on October 3 in Middletown and October 10 in Berkeley Heights from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Flu Vaccinations Protect
Wondering if getting a flu vaccination is right for you? Consider this: Vaccination is the main way to protect yourself from the flu. Since 2010, the recommendation from the CDC has been to vaccinate all individuals older than 6 months. If you are a young and healthy adult, the reason for this is not only to reduce your own chance of getting infected, but also to protect the people in your life who might be more prone to flu complications, such as children, elderly and people with chronic diseases.
Benefits of the Flu Shot
The best way to avoid or minimize the severity of the flu is by getting your annual flu shot. Recent studies by CDC researchers and other experts indicate that flu vaccine reduces the risk of doctor visits due to flu by approximately 60% among the overall population when the vaccine viruses are like the ones spreading in the community. A few benefits of getting a flu vaccine include:
• Flu prevention for yourself and others around you.
• Protect those around you who are at greater risk of getting seriously ill (such as young children and those with chronic health conditions).
• If you do get sick, a flu vaccine may make your illness milder.
• Reduces time lost from work.
• Decreases antibiotic use.
Many assume that if they’re generally a healthy person they don’t need the vaccine. But one in five Americans will get the flu this winter- protecting yourself with the flu vaccine is your best line of defense.
Protect Your Family with the Flu Shot Vaccination from eMedical
Flu season typically runs from September through February, during which time we encourage you to come see us for your flu shot. Get your family’s flu shots early and alleviate the worry when fighting to stay healthy during flu season. The offices are open seven days a week, 365 days a year, including evenings, weekends and holidays. For more information, visit http://www.emedicaloffices.com.