Riverdale Urgent Care Urges Action During Flu Season

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Despite a less effective flu vaccine this season, the center explains why it’s still in everyone’s best interest to get one.

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It’s peak flu season, and Riverdale Urgent Care is urging local Bronx residents to stop in and get their flu vaccines to avoid serious illness. This is despite recent news that a mutation in the most dominant flu strain has lowered the vaccine’s effectiveness to about 50 percent, compared to the typical 70-90 percent effectiveness.

“It still pays to play it safe and get vaccinated,” says Riverdale Urgent Care’s Stan Cohen. “In terms of your health, a mild case of the flu is much less risky than getting a bad case of the flu.”

The elderly and young are at particular risk of developing a bad case that can lead to serious complications. Adults who are in close contact with these children, pregnant women and health care workers are other groups who can particularly benefit from the vaccine.

The flu is very contagious and can spread as simply as through a cough or sneeze. Typical symptoms include a high fever, aches, pains and a lack of energy, all of which can leave one sidelined and feeling terrible for many days.

Local residents who think they might have the flu can also stop by Riverdale Urgent Care for painless in-house testing that can yield results in less than 10 minutes.

About the company:
Riverdale Urgent Care is conveniently located at 5665 Riverdale Ave. in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, NY. At Riverdale Urgent Care, each staff member brings in-depth understanding, extensive experience and skills. In addition to treating life’s everyday minor injuries, they offer drug testing, blood testing, vaccines, on-site X-rays, EKG, stitches and rapid in-house testing for flu, strep throat and mono. They can also perform physicals for DOT commercial drivers, camp, school and employment.

The Riverdale Urgent Care clinic is open seven days a week - evenings, weekends and holidays, when most doctors’ offices are closed. Appointments are never required - just walk in. The clinic is open 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Friday and 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. on weekends. Call (347) 913-4242 today for more information.

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