Prevent and Protect Against Flu

Protect yourself and your family against flu this season.

Doctors at The Austin Diagnostic Clinic want you to stay healthy this year. Influenza is serious. Every year it causes thousands of deaths, but it can be prevented.

Flu prevention

Your first line of defense is the flu vaccine. Beginning September 5th, shots will be available for ADC patients and the general public age 18 and older.  If you are an ADC patient, ask your doctor at your next visit for a flu shot.  Influenza immunizations are also available for adults on a walk-in basis at all ADC clinics during regular business hours Monday-Friday and at Urgent Care in North Austin and South Austin evenings and weekends. Because children require different dosing, parents should schedule immunizations with their pediatrician for patients under the age of 18. Or, parents may choose to attend a pediatric walk-in clinic. Patients over the age of 65 may ask their provider for the high-dose influenza vaccine.  Please note additional vaccines, such as pneumovax and shingles are available by appointment only.

About this year's Influenza Vaccine

Vaccines that give protection against four viruses are called quadrivalent vaccines.  Vaccines that give protection against three viruses are called trivalent vaccines.  At any time ADC may have quadrivalent or the trivalent vaccine or both.   Both vaccines protect against the three most commonly seen strains of influenza.  Additionally, ALL vaccines given at ADC are preservative free (no thimerosal).

There are many different flu viruses and they are constantly changing. The composition of U.S. flu vaccines is reviewed annually and updated as needed to match circulating flu viruses. Flu vaccines protect against the three or four viruses (depending on vaccine) that research suggests will be most common. For 2018-2019, trivalent (three-component) vaccines are recommended to contain:
  • A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
  • A/Singapore/INFIMH-16-0019/2016 A(H3N2)-like virus (updated)
  • B/Colorado/06/2017-like (Victoria lineage) virus (updated)
Quadrivalent (four-component) vaccines, which protect against a second lineage of B viruses, are recommended to contain:
  • the three recommended viruses above, plus B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (Yamagata lineage) virus

Healthy habits = prevention

The second line of defense? Healthy habits like hand-washing , sneezing into the bend of your elbow, getting enough sleep and eating right can help your body defend itself against influenza.  Stay healthy and learn how to prevent the spread of this preventable disease.