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Dr. Mark Hosko, MD, October 26 2023

How To Stay Protected From The Flu

The Flu season in the Portland Area is here, and experts are warning it could be a particularly bad one. The flu seasons varies by region, but it typically starts in October and usually dies down by mid-March. Peak flu activity is generally December through February. But since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the spread of flu has been much more variable.

What’s the best way to protect ourselves against the flu?

Get a flu vaccine, appointments are available 7 days a week or you can walk-in to our clinic. The vaccine also protects other people around you by possibly preventing you from getting it and spreading it — so you might even end up saving someone’s life. Social distancing helps against getting and transmitting the flu. Also, be sure to eat well, stay active, and get a good night’s sleep. 

When should I get my shot?

It is recommended to wait until mid-October or sometimes even early November to get your flu shot. That way you will get a little more protection over the holidays.  

What should I do if I get the flu?

If you think you might have the flu, consider getting a flu test at Portland Urgent Care because if you get diagnosed with the flu early enough, you might be eligible to get antivirals that can reduce the length and severity of the illness. As with all colds and viruses it’s important to stay home and rest so that you can get better and minimize the chance of infecting others.

Learn more about this year's flu season and who is at higher risk of having complications from the flu at Portland Urgent Care online.

Getting your flu shot is easy at Portland Urgent Care! Walk-in or Book an Appointment online now.

Written by

Dr. Mark Hosko, MD

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