Preparing for the Flu

It's time to begin thinking about the flu

Peak flu season is right around the corner, and you and your loved ones need to be prepared. The flu is highly contagious and, in some cases, life threatening, and your flu shot from last year is no longer effective against this year’s strain of influenza.

A flu shot does more than just protect you – it prevents you from spreading it to your loved ones and other members of your community at school, work, and other places you may go. ACPNY is committed to ensuring that all of its patients are vaccinated against the flu, so we’re making it convenient to schedule an appointment.

Flu Shot Scheduling Instructions >
Flu Shot Safety ›

A flu shot cannot give you the flu. Instead, it stimulates an immune system response so that your body is prepared to resist the virus. Allergic reactions to the flu vaccine are possible, but extremely rare. What remains important is that flu shots work and can save lives.

Reasons to Get the Flu Shot ›

Flu vaccinations are:

  • The best option for not getting sick with the flu
  • Capable of decreasing the amount of flu-related visits to the hospital for children, working adults, and the elderly
  • Protection for women during and after pregnancy
  • Life-saving for children
  • Symptom-reducing in cases where people still contract the deadly virus
  • A safe and effective way to protect the people around you
Children and the Flu ›

Parents and caretakers of children, especially those under five, need to be aware of the dangers of the flu. Highly contagious and more dangerous than the common cold, the flu infects millions of children every year. Children with serious health problems like asthma, and diabetes, and neurological and immune system disorders are especially vulnerable to infection.

Fortunately, there is a safe and reliable way to protect your children. Several different flu vaccines exist for each different strain of flu. The vaccine your child receives depends on their age and what strains of flu are predicted to be active this year. Health care providers at AdvantageCare Physicians will know what vaccines are right for your child.


How to Get a Flu Shot at ACPNY

You can schedule a flu shot at ACPNY two different ways:

  1.  Current patients can log into myACPNY and schedule their appointment online
  2.  New patients can call (646) 680-4227 to schedule an appointment with one of our nurses

Learn about the benefits of using myACPNY >

Is it a cold, the flu, or pneumonia?

Cold — Symptoms take time to develop and often include:

  • Coughing and a sore throat
  • Stuffy nose and sneezing
  • Watery eyes
  • Low or no fever

Flu — Symptoms hit fast and often include:

  • Extreme fatigue with body and muscle aches
  • Nausea
  • Appetite loss
  • Headaches
  • High fever, chills, and sweats
  • Stuffy nose and coughing

Pneumonia — Symptoms often include:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Trouble breathing and chest pain
  • Coughing up mucus
  • High fever with chills
  • Sweating
  • Disorientation

Questions? Check out our FAQ's below:

When should I get my flu shot? ›

It's best to get your flu shot before the end of October, but patients can benefit from getting vaccinated as late as January. Children who need two doses of the vaccine should go earlier because the shots must be spaced at least four weeks apart. Note: it takes around two weeks after getting vaccinated for the effects to work.

Can I get a flu shot if I’m pregnant? ›

Yes, pregnant women can receive the flu shot recommended for their age.

Is there anyone who shouldn’t get a flu shot? ›

While the flu shot is recommended for most people 6 months and older, there are exceptions. Patients with life-threatening allergies to ingredients in the vaccine, such as gelatin and antibiotics or Guillain-Barre Syndrome, should consult their doctor before getting vaccinated. Patients with life-threatening allergies to ingredients in the vaccine, such as gelatin and antibiotics, or patients with Guillain-Barre Syndrome should consult their doctor before getting vaccinated. Patients with egg allergies should consult these guidelines.

Do I need a flu vaccination every year? ›

Yes, an annual flu vaccination is recommended for two reasons. First, the vaccine’s effects wear off over time, and last year’s shot is no longer effective. Second, the flu shot is updated every year to protect against viruses expected to be active.

For more information about 2018’s flu season, visit the CDC’s website >