MD Now® Offers Convenient, Affordable Flu Shots Just in Time for the Season’s Outbreak

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Experts recommend getting the flu vaccine before flu season begins. MD Now makes this easy with pre-season flu shots and special savings coupons available online.

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“Since the timing of flu season can be difficult to predict, it’s important to get flu shots early,” warns Peter Lamelas, MD, CEO, and medical director of MD Now Urgent Care.

In preparation for the 2016–2017 flu season, South Florida’s leading urgent care provider, MD Now®, is offering influenza vaccines at special cost savings. Shots are available at all 24 South Florida locations, including its newest Hallandale Beach office, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily, including holidays. No appointments are necessary.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend annual flu vaccines for all those six months of age and older, with only a few exceptions. These vaccines are especially important for people at high risk of developing complications, such as those over 65. The CDC does not recommend the nasal flu spray for the upcoming flu season.

In response to CDC recommendations, MD Now offers vaccines covering the full range of anticipated 2016–2017 strains, including the Adult and Pediatric Quadrivalent (4 Strain) Influenza Vaccine and Fluzone High-Dose Vaccine, recommended for those 65 and older. Costs for flu shots vary depending on the type of vaccine recommended, but MD Now will provide special coupons online and on Facebook to keep people from paying the price of sickness.

“Since the timing of flu season can be difficult to predict, it’s important to get flu shots early,” warns Peter Lamelas, MD, CEO, and medical director of MD Now Urgent Care. Although peak season is typically from October through November, the vaccines often take up to two weeks to provide full protection; and if not prevented, influenza can lead to serious, even life-threatening complications. “We would much rather prevent our patients from developing influenza in the first place than to treat them once they develop symptoms,” says Dr. Lamelas.

For those who already exhibit symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, fever, and aches, Dr. Lamelas recommends limiting contact—other than to seek medical care—until 24 hours after any fever has subsided. In certain cases, an antiviral medication may be necessary to limit the severity or shorten the duration of the virus.

Better still, MD Now recommends taking every precaution against acquiring and spreading influenza. Although flu shots generally offer the best protection, additional measures include:

  •     Washing hands often with soap and water to prevent the spread of germs.
  •     Covering the nose and mouth with a tissue when sneezing to avoid spreading germs.
  •     Cleaning and disinfecting any surfaces or objects that may be contaminated.
  •     Avoiding close contact with others who are sick.
  •     Staying home from work or school to avoid spreading the illness, if already infected.

Flu victims requiring treatment can count on convenient and affordable care at all MD Now locations, open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week, 365 days a year. Walk-ins are welcome. For information on all MD Now locations throughout Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties, visit http://www.mdnow.com/locations.

About MD Now Urgent Care

MD Now® Urgent Care Walk-In Medical Centers is the leading provider of fast and affordable urgent care to adults and children in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties. Our state-of-the-art, walk-in medical centers are open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to deliver an affordable and convenient alternative to long emergency room wait times and the limited hours of family physicians. No appointment is necessary and major insurance plans are accepted. In addition to providing a comprehensive range of urgent care services to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries, our multiple locations offer digital x-rays, EKG, ultrasounds, lab testing, physicals, immunizations, vaccines, physical therapy, occupational medicine, travel medicine and selected primary care services. Find the medical care you need with the convenience you want at MD Now. Call: 888-MDNow-911, online: MDNow.com.

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