Stay healthy for flu season with Mountain Park Health Center

Flu can strike at any time of year, but flu cases are highest during flu season, October through April. The flu shot can take two to six weeks before it reaches its full effectiveness. Multiple strains of influenza mutate every year. Each flu season brings new strains of flu that you need protection against. For these reasons, receiving your flu shot early is key to prevention.

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Vaccinations for high-risk patients can be scheduled at a Mountain Park Health Center near you. Patients that are considered high risk should be more proactive with their vaccinations to prevent serious problems caused by influenza.

We’re now offering a quick and easy immunization clinic. Get your flu shot and be in and out with minimal contact.

    Who's at risk from the flu?

    Anyone can get sick (even healthy people), and serious problems related to flu can happen at any age, but some people are at high risk of developing serious complications if they get sick.

    Getting your flu shot is more important than ever this year. Help keep yourself and your loved ones safe by getting vaccinated.

    Who’s at a higher risk:

    • Young children
    • Pregnant Women
    • People with chronic health conditions
    • People 65 years and older
    • People in long-term care or nursing homes

    Are you ready for the flu season?

    The flu is different from a cold and can be much more severe. Make sure you keep an eye out for symptoms.

    While getting the flu shot won’t protect you from COVID-19, it can protect you from catching both illnesses at once putting an additional strain on your body.

    Symptoms show up very quickly and can include:

    • Headaches and feeling tired
    • Muscle/body aches
    • Runny or stuffy nose
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough and/or a sore throat

    Protect yourself and your family with the flu shot!

    Ask for it today!

    Making sure that you and your loved ones get flu vaccinations is vital in ensuring that your family stay healthy during this flu season, as well as taking precautions like washing your hands and avoiding people with flu-like symptoms.

    With the healthcare system already nearing capacity with COVID-19 cases, getting your flu shot can help keep hospitals and clinics from becoming more overwhelmed.

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    Remember to continue practicing safe behaviors like wearing a mask, maintaintaining social distance and washing your hands regularly even after you get your flu vaccine.

    Find a location near you

    • Baseline Clinic

      635 E. Baseline Rd.Phoenix, AZ 85042

      Tempe Clinic

      1840 E. Broadway Rd.Tempe, AZ 85282

      Goodyear Clinic

      140 N. Litchfield Rd.Goodyear, AZ 85338

      Atkinson Pediatric Clinic

      4222 N. 51st Ave.Phoenix, AZ 85031

    • Maryvale Clinic

      6601 W. Thomas Rd.Phoenix, AZ 85033

      Gateway Clinic

      3830 E. Van Buren St.Phoenix, AZ 85008

      Goodyear Clinic

      140 N. Litchfield Rd.Goodyear, AZ 85338

    Vaccination is the most important way to prevent the spread of the flu.

    While you can catch the flu at any time, it's more likely to happen in the colder months of the year. The vaccine takes at least two weeks after inoculation to begin taking effect and as much as six weeks for full protection against the flu. Early signs of the flu can include cough, sore throat, sinusitis or fever and can initially look like the common cold, though the flu is more serious.

    If you get sick with the flu, your doctor may prescribe medicines called antiviral drugs. Antiviral medications are available to help reduce the severity of the virus if administered soon after symptoms begin. For those at high risk, antiviral drugs can mean the difference between having a milder sickness or more a serious illness, hospitalization or death. However, antivirals are not a substitute for getting an annual flu vaccination.

    Even if you got the flu shot the year before, our immune systems need to acclimate to the flu's adaptations. Influenza develops new strains each year that last years' immunizations may not be able to combat. There are other steps you should take as well to ensure your loved ones and those around you don't get sick.
    • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
    • Wash your hands as often as you can
    • Disinfect surfaces you may have come in contact with
    • Avoid interacting with sick people unless for medical purposes
    Most individuals get better on their own, but for some people, the flu can be serious - even leading to death. The flu vaccine has proven to be the best way to prevent the flu. Getting your flu vaccine every year is the first and best step to protect yourself and your family from the flu.

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    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu shot! No matter how healthy you are, anyone is at risk of getting the flu. There are higher risk patients that should focus on getting their flu shot as early as possible such as:

    • Young children
    • Pregnant women
    • People with chronic health conditions 
    • People 65 years and older

    Every year, the influenza virus will mutate into new strains. For that reason, it is best to get a new flu shot every single flu season. While the shot may not protect you from every single strain of the virus, it can lessen the severity if you do contract the flu.