As in recent years, we expect flu viruses and additional respiratory viruses (COVID-19 and RSV) to spread simultaneously.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) continues to recommend universal flu vaccination for everyone 6 months and older, particularly for those in high-risk groups.
Here's what you need to know to keep yourself and your family healthy as we move into fall.
ARC flu clinics open September 18
On Monday, September 18, flu clinics open at ARC primary care locations for new and established patients. Additionally, flu shots will be available at ob/gyn appointments. Book online at ARCflushot.com or ask for it at your next scheduled visit.
When you get your flu shot at ARC, it's automatically saved to your records.
What's available this year
Quadrivalent vaccine (QIV) protects against four flu viruses, including two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses. ARC offers the quadrivalent flu vaccine in four forms. Ask your doctor which is best for you.
- Regular flu shot
- Preservative-free flu shot
- High-dose flu shot (for patients 65 years and older)
Don't wait, book now
Because protection wanes toward the end of the flu season, September and October are the best times for most people to get vaccinated so that you're fully protected before a flu wave. The flu vaccine is available now.
Book your flu shot online at ARCflushot.com or ask for it at your next scheduled visit.
Pneumonia, COVID, and RSV
Pneumococcal vaccine available now Pneumococcal disease is common in young children, but older adults are at greatest risk of serious illness and death. Flu season is a good time to also protect yourself from pneumococcal disease. Pneumococcal vaccines can prevent bacterial pneumonia, meningitis, and sepsis.
Who is eligible:
- Children younger than 5
- Adults 65 or older
- People with weakened immune systems.
How to book:
Make an appointment online with your ARC PCP through ARC MyChart or call an ARC clinic near you.
COVID vaccines coming soon
The FDA recently approved a new round of vaccines against COVID-19. ARC expects to receive the vaccine in the coming weeks. Watch for updates on the ARC website, social media and patient emails.
Who is eligible: Everybody 6 months and older, who have not had a vaccine in the last two months.
How to book: When ARC has the new vaccine, patients can schedule online at MyChartARC.com or by calling 512-272-4636.
The RSV vaccine protects against a common respiratory virus that is the leading cause of hospitalization in infants and can cause life-threatening symptoms in adults over 65 with weakened immune systems. ARC is currently tracking availability of the vaccine for our clinics.
Who is eligible:
- Adults 60 and older.
- Adults living in long-term care facilities.
- Adults with underlying health conditions.
- Children up to 8 months old.
How to book: Watch for updates on the ARC website, social media and patient emails.
Don't wait to vaccinate
Flu shots: Book your flu shot online at ARCflushot.com, through ARC MyChart, or ask for it at your next scheduled visit.
COVID booster: Once ARC has the new vaccine, you can get the shot at any already scheduled visit, book through ARC MyChart or call 512-272-4636.
Other seasonal vaccines: Check AustinRegionalClinic.com to find out when we have it or ask your doctor at your next appointment.