Urgent Care Centers see many people walking in the doors who have flu-like symptoms and are asking the question “Is it flu or is it a cold?”

At  Danbury, we can test for influenza, and have created this Medical Minute video to help you identify if you are suffering from the flu or simply a bad cold, and how we treat the flu.

We offer the flu vaccine here at our urgent care center in Danbury,  as well as the nasal spray for children, and urge everyone, especially those falling into the categories below to lessen their chances of getting the influenza virus, and get the flu shot.

The flu vaccine, or nasal spray, is recommended especially for infants older than 6 months, healthy adults who would like to decrease their risk of getting the flu, people living with or caring for children younger than 5 months of age, anyone at high risk for complications from flu such as people with: asthma, cancer or people undergoing cancer treatment, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, kidney or liver disease, obesity.

People who should not get the flu vaccine:

According to the Mayo Clinic, there are certain people for whom the flu vaccine is not recommended. These include: people who have had prior severe reactions to the flu vaccine, and interestingly enough, people who have egg allergies, as the flu vaccine does contain a small amount of egg protein.

Objections to the flu vaccine:

Objections to the flu vaccine exists. We at feel strongly that the benefits from the flu shot far outweigh the possible side effects.

For more information on the objections and the guidelines, see the CDC report Misconceptions About Seasonal Flu and Flu Vaccines