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Feel Better Faster with Dr. Tara Flynn

Mizzou Urgent Care physicians see a variety of health concerns every day. Learn more about what's going around right now.
Feel Better Faster with Dr. Tara Flynn

Flu season is in full swing

At Mizzou Urgent Care, we know the peak of the 2016-17 flu season is on the way.

It may seem too late to get your flu shot, but it’s not. I encourage anyone who hasn’t received their flu vaccine to take the time to do so. If you are going to spend time around the very young, the elderly, or someone with a compromised immune system, the vaccine can offer protection not only for yourself, but also for your loved ones. The vaccine can take up to two weeks to build antibodies in your system, so don’t wait!

17-0345ec-urgent-care-social-media-post-flynnAs we get closer to the peak of flu season (typically January or February), it is important to know what to look for. Typically, the flu presents with a rapid onset of fever, body ache, headache and cough, and can last for one to two weeks. The flu virus can be spread by touching a surface where someone with the flu has coughed or sneezed.

Pregnant women, people with respiratory conditions such as asthma, or those with compromised immune systems can be at the highest risk of suffering from flu-related complications, while the average healthy individual can often navigate the flu without complication.

If you are finding it harder to breathe, experiencing wheezing, have an extremely high fever, or your symptoms become more severe or frequent, it may be time to come see us at Mizzou Urgent Care. A simple nasal swab can be done in less than 20 minutes to determine if you have the flu and what steps to take. Figuring out if you have the flu can help you decide about work and social commitments and help to limit the spread of this highly contagious virus.

If you aren’t feeling well, aren’t able to see your primary care physician, and are not sure if you should go to Mizzou Quick Care, Urgent Care or the emergency room, check out this quick guide. At Mizzou Urgent Care, our goal is to take care of acute injury and illness needs and return patients to their busy lives.

Mizzou Urgent Care
551 E. Southampton Dr.
Columbia, MO 65201