Flu Shot Specialist
New MD & Urgent Care
Occupational Medicine & Urgent Care located in American Canyon, CA & El Cerrito, CA
At New MD & Urgent Care, Malcolm Johnson, MD and Ian Ahwah, MD offer a variety of preventive services to keep you and your loved ones healthy. At New MD & Urgent Care in El Cerrito and American Canyon, we conveniently serve patients in Berkeley, Richmond, San Pablo, Pinole, Hercules, Albany, Vallejo, and Napa, California where patients can receive preventive care against the seasonal influenza virus. Flu vaccinations are available throughout the fall and winter. You can book an appointment online or by calling the office nearest you to learn more.
Flu Shot Q & A
Why do I need a flu shot?
The flu is a serious disease and can spread quickly, leading to hospitalization and in some cases, death.
At New MD & Urgent Care, Dr. Ahwah and Dr. Johnson recommend annual flu vaccinations to minimize your risk of getting the flu. The vaccine allows your body to develop antibodies to protect you from the virus and its complications. A flu vaccination also helps reduce the spread of the virus among family members and the community.
A flu vaccination is especially important if you’re elderly, pregnant, or have existing medical conditions that compromise your immune system. Young children are also at increased risk for developing flu-related medical complications.
When do I need to get a flu shot?
In the United States, the annual flu season can start in early October and last throughout May. Dr. Johnson and Dr. Ahwah can determine the best time for you to get a flu vaccination based on your medical history, your age, and other factors.
It takes about two weeks for the antibodies to develop in your system. The team at New MD & Urgent Care recommend you receive your vaccination as early as possible.
How do I know which flu shot to get?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) researches the most common strains of flu virus likely to be present during the upcoming flu season. Vaccines to protect against these specific strains are available at New MD & Urgent Care.
You can receive a flu vaccination as an injection or a nasal spray, depending on your needs. Dr. Ahwah and Dr. Johnson can determine which vaccination method is right for you, or if you should not receive a vaccination due to underlying medical issues, including allergies.
Will I get the flu after a vaccination?
The flu vaccination doesn’t give you the flu, although there is still a chance you will develop the flu after you receive a vaccination if you are infected before the antibodies can develop in your system. However, any symptoms you have should be milder and last for a shorter period of time.
You might have some side effects following a flu vaccination that might seem like you have flu symptoms. These side effects include:
- Soreness or swelling at the injection site
- Low-grade fever
- Muscle aches
If you take the nasal spray vaccination, you might also experience a headache, sore throat, and runny nose for a period of time.
Schedule a flu vaccination by calling the New MD & Urgent Care office nearest you or book online.
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Great Doctor & Staff Very efficent and caring
Except for being 35 minutes late opening, the experience was good.
Dr Ahwah was very good! He listened to me and checked me thoroughly. I highly recommend him. I’m not sure though if he has other regular office other than Urgent Care, otherwise, I will have him as my PCP.
Very quick! I showed up as a walk-in patient right when the Clinic opened. Spent maybe 15 minutes filling paperwork and dealing with insurance. Saw the doctor almost immediately, took him 5 seconds to determine my ailment, sent me off with 3 prescriptions. A couple days later I’m as good as new!
Quick and efficient! Glad to know this option of a quick visit is so close to home and open on weekends
I was treated promptly and keep kindly, when I came in after a bicycling accident. The medication that was prescribed is working. The glued wound continued to bleed at home, so I had to apply a large adhesive strip to stop bleeding on my clothing. I’m trending better. Thanks for your care.
Very helpful staff in & out quickly . Highly recommend for urgent care .
I was already at Concentra and the customer service was so bad I left and drove to NewMD in El Cerrito. I was done before Concentra called me to set up my information for my visit. The staff at NewMD was absolutely wonderful.
The doctor and whole team was awesome. My first time there and my first time to an urgent care facility. Good to know there is a convenient place in my neighborhood that I can get in and out quickly. A quick diagnosis, vitals, medical notes/info, and a prescription …and a CVS in the same mall for the pharmacy!
The staff and doctor were all quite courteous and welcoming. I got a lot of information about my condition from the doctor, who was very thorough and had an excellent “bedside manner.”
visit to your medical service was timely & well done
Dr. Ian Ahwah was great! He knew exactly what was going on with my severe sore throat and prescribed me some meds that took care of the condition. Thank you Dr. Ahwah!
Great workers very caring
The facility was clean and bright, registration was quick and easy, and the wait time was short. I was treated with respect. The doctor communicated well regarding the medical issue and treatment.
Very good experience. He listened well and was genuinely concerned. I would absolutely recommend to a friend!
Dr. Ahwah is always patient and always listens. The staff there are great and very helpful.