One Thing You Can Do to Save Time this Flu Season
October 15, 2018
Each year, the flu and complications like pneumonia, make kids miss school, cause adults to miss work, send over 700,000 people to the hospital and result in more than 50,000 deaths. In the United States, seasonal influenza – commonly referred to as the flu – is the most frequent cause of death from a vaccine-preventable disease.
How can you avoid missing school and work while avoiding more serious consequences? It’s simple, get the flu vaccine.
Why get the flu vaccine?1
- Flu vaccines reduce US doctor visits by an estimated 20 million in a single year.
- Vaccination can prevent thousands of hospitalizations in one year.
- Flu vaccines saves tens of thousands of lives annually.
- And, these numbers are true if a flu vaccine is only 20% effective; they increase when the efficacy is higher.
Flu Vaccine Options
This year, the flu vaccines listed below are available for you at ARC. MyChart users can book directly, or you can request a flu vaccine online.
- Fluzone: most people will get this in the form of a flu shot. There are two kinds of shots: one for kids under 3, and one for everyone else 3 and older.
- FluBlok (new vaccine): Only for adults 65 years or older; a new, high-dose, preservative-free vaccine.
- FluMist (limited supply): Recommended for children who would not otherwise receive an influenza vaccine (The American Academy of Pediatrics).
- Pediatric (2-dose shots): Children 6 months old to 8 years old who have had no prior flu vaccine. They need 2 doses separated by 4 weeks or more.
In addition to the flu vaccine, many adults 65 and older will also need protection against pneumonia. The pneumonia vaccine lowers the risk of invasive pneumococcal disease by 50-80%. This includes invasive pneumococcal pneumonia, bacteremia, and meningitis which can lead to disabilities and be life-threatening. If you’re 65 or older, ask your doctor about the pneumococcal (pneumonia) vaccination for adults.
You can find updated information throughout the influenza season at ARCflushot.com.
1 Sources: CDC, CNN