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Austin Regional Clinic is following the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that states healthcare providers should not use live attenuated influenza vaccine (FluMist®) in the upcoming 2016-'17 flu season due to poor effectiveness. In response to the decision, ARC has ordered additional flu vaccine and we anticipate having a sufficient supply for all of our patients who choose to get the shot. The American Academy of Pediatrics supports the interim recommendation by the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). Vaccination remains the most effective preventive against the flu.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
continues to recommend universal flu vaccination, meaning that everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine. The single best way to protect against the flu is for everyone to get vaccinated—every year.
Visit the flu Schedule
page for up to date flu clinic schedules and book your flu shot appointment by calling the ARC flu clinic location of your choice or requesting an appointment online
. You can schedule your flu shot at any ARC flu clinic location.
Follow us on Facebook
for up to date flu news throughout the season. Check our flu schedule
to see when and where vaccinations are available or call ARC-INFO, 512-272-4636
for more information. Be wise – immunize!
Allergy Patient Alert: If you receive allergy shots, you must wait 24 hours after receiving your flu vaccine before you can resume receiving allergy injections.
It is especially important that people in the high-risk group get vaccinated. That group includes:
- Pregnant women – watch Dr. Moreno talk about the importance of flu vaccines for pregnant women
- Children younger than 5, especially younger than 2 years old
- Adults 65 years of age and older
- People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
- People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
- People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications
Getting your flu shot at ARC provides many advantages:
- We vaccinate all family members regardless of patient age or type of vaccine desired.
- We vaccinate pregnant patients at their Ob/Gyn offices during their regularly scheduled visits.
- We provide flu vaccinations to ARC and non-ARC patients alike.
- We will file a claim with your insurance company for you. Call the Customer Service telephone number on your Insurance Card for questions about what’s covered & your financial responsibility.
- We keep a record of your shots in your medical record for future reference by your physician.
- You can set up an appointment to receive other needed medical care at the same time that you get your flu vaccination.
Flu Vaccines Offered
- Regular flu shot (QIV*): Approved for people ages 6 months & older
- Preservative-free flu shot (QIV*): Approved for pregnant women and ages 6 months & older
- High-dose shot (TIV**): Approved for people 65 years & older
*Quadrivalent vaccine (QIV): protects against 4 viruses including two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses
**Trivalent vaccine (TIV): protects against 3 viruses including two influenza A viruses and an influenza B virus.