An annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect you and your family from getting the flu.

October is the best month to get a flu shot. Flu season usually begins in November and it takes about two weeks for the vaccination to become fully effective.

If you didn’t get a flu shot in October, it’s not too late and you should still get vaccinated. A typical flu season ends in March or April each year.

If you think you have the flu, Lakes Urgent Care is the first urgent care facilities in metro Detroit to offer a revolutionary new test that can quickly diagnose the flu with nearly 100% accuracy and strep throat with 98% accuracy.

The cobas® Liat® PCR System from Roche Diagnostics represents a major advancement in testing accuracy for flu and strep throat. The test takes about twenty minutes on-site, enabling a Lakes Urgent Care physician to make a fast, more confident and reliable treatment decision while you are still in the office.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone age six months or older should get a flu shot. Getting vaccinated is especially important for people with a compromised immune system and women who are pregnant.

Lakes Urgent Care has the more effective quadrivalent (four-component) flu vaccine which offers greater protection. We also have the high-dose vaccine for patients 65 and older. Make it a point to see your primary care physician or visit us anytime at Lakes Urgent Care in Livonia and West Bloomfield.