Arm Yourself Against the Flu!
As the Texas flu season approaches, we want to remind you to vaccinate yourself against the flu. Beginning September 4th, flu vaccine will be available to ADC and non-ADC patients.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone at least 6 months old be vaccinated against seasonal flu. Getting an annual flu vaccine is the best way to prevent flu from spreading. You should also remember to cover all coughs and sneezes, wash your hands frequently with soap and water or hand sanitizer and stay home if you are sick.
FLU SYMPTOMS INCLUDE:
- Sore throat
Most healthy people recover fully, but people 65 and over, pregnant women, young children and people with chronic health conditions are at higher risk for serious complications and even death. Vaccination is especially important for people in high-risk groups.
Although the flu season is typically significant in January and February, The Austin Diagnostic Clinic will begin administering flu shots in September to people aged 18 years and older.
Parents should contact their pediatrician about vaccines for children.
We do not anticipate a shortage of the flu vaccine. ADC will administer an inactivated vaccine. The 2012-13 flu vaccine will protect against three different strains of the virus:
- An influenza A (H1N1) virus;
- An influenza A (H3N2) virus;
- An influenza B virus.
While the H1N1 virus used to make the 2012-2013 flu vaccine is the same virus that was included in the 2011-2012 vaccine, the recommended influenza H3N2 and B vaccine viruses are different from those in the 2011-2012 influenza vaccine for the Northern Hemisphere. (How are strains selected?)
ADC will file claims with accepted insurance plans and Medicare for established ADC patients. Non-ADC patients will need to pay for their flu shots, but will be provided with forms they can file with their insurance companies. The flu vaccine will cost $30.00.
ADC Offices Administering Flu Shots
Flu shots are available for ADC patients and the public at several locations. If you are an ADC patient and have an appointment with your provider, ask for your flu shot at the time of visit. If you are not an ADC patient, visit the nearest ADC physician’s office and ask for a flu shot.
Flu Shot Updates
- Department of State Health Services, January 2012
- Centers for Disease Control, Vaccine Selection, July 2012