Understanding the Flu Vaccine for National Influenza Week

National Influenza Week is the perfect time to remind everyone to get a flu shot. Because the flu shot is the best available defense against getting this illness, it’s imperative for as many people as possible to receive it early in the season. Understanding more about National Influenza Week and the vaccine may provide the perfect incentive.

Why National Influenza Week?

The Centers for Disease Control, or CDC, began observing National Influenza Week in 2005 to highlight the importance of getting the flu shot. Current guidelines suggest that everyone older than six months should get a flu shot every year. While a nasal mist is also generally available, the CDC recommends getting the shot this year as the mist is not proving to be as effective.

Is It Too Late to Get a Flu Shot?

National Influenza Week might come and go, but people can benefit from the shot for months. Peak flu season starts in December, which is why the CDC holds the National Influenza Week observance in the first week of that month. New cases are rampant through March or even May. It’s definitely not too late for a vaccination.

Are You At High Risk?

The flu can be especially dangerous for certain segments of the population. Accordingly, it’s critical for members of these groups to get a flu shot. Pregnant women, anyone older than 65 or younger than five and anyone with conditions like heart disease or diabetes are particularly at risk for dangerous flu complications. Healthcare workers and those who provide care for people who are in an at-risk category should also be vaccinated.

The Earlier, The Better

It takes approximately two weeks for the flu vaccine to take full effect. This means that the sooner you get the shot, the sooner you’ll be fully protected.

ARCpoint Labs offers the flu shot nationwide. Contact us to find a location near you.

Immunization: Importance for Kids & Adults

Despite the media controversy surrounding immunization in recent years, reputable medical professionals still recommend a program of vaccinations to ensure ongoing health for children and adults.

Here is a look at why immunization is still vital, and not just for school-aged kids.

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What You Need to Know About the 2015-2016 Flu Season

The flu season in the United States typically begins as early as October and can last into May. The CDC says that flu season officially starts when key flu indicators first occur and then increase and remain high for a period of time. Key flu indicators can include flu-like illnesses, hospitalization, and deaths due to the flu. The peak of flu season typically occurs between December and February each year. This year, the flu has been slow to hit.

A Slow Start to the Flu Season

Overall flu activity has been relatively low in the U.S. While the flu season typically runs from October to May, overall seasonal flu activity has increased only slightly since October. However, this is not necessarily an indicator of how the rest of the season will turn out, meaning that individuals should continue to be wary of flu infection. Each year in the U.S., anywhere from 5 to 20% of the population gets the flu. The virus causes about 200,000 hospitalizations each year and kills around 36,000 people, according to the CDC.

Protecting Yourself with the Flue Vaccine

The CDC recommends that individuals older than six months old get a yearly flu shot, as this is the first step in warding off the virus. Although it is best to get the flu shot as early as possible, it is not too late to get the flu shot as long as the flu season lasts. It is still possible to get strains of the flu not protected against in the vaccine, but the vaccine protects individuals from the most common strains. Young children, older adults, and individuals with medical conditions are the most likely to be hospitalized or experience serious complications as a result of the flu. If you do get the flu, antiviral drugs are available through a doctor’s prescription to treat the illness.

Get Your Flu Shot Today

ARCpoint Labs provides flu vaccinations nationwide. Visit our website to find your nearest location.

What You Should Know About This Year’s Flu Shot

Are you a little weary about getting the flu shot this year?

We don’t blame you.

Last year, the CDC admitted that the flu vaccine in rotation was not as effective in fighting the flu as experts had hoped, all due to an antigenic H3N2 strain that wasn’t protected against in 2014-15’s batch of flu shots. H3N2 was the most common strain of influenza last year and around half of them were drift variants.

Still, you can’t let last year’s flu shot effect whether or not you get this year’s. In fact, even when the shot is admittedly not as effective, you should still get it.

Here’s why it’s not a good idea to skip the flu shot this year — and the good news about 2015-16’s vaccine.

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Why Choose a Flu Shot? Benefits for Individuals & Workplaces [Infographic]

It may not feel like it, but flu season is around the corner.

In an effort to get more people immunized, we are sharing some of the impacts that the flu shot has on individuals and workplaces.

Check out our infographic below for details, or contact your nearest ARCpoint Labs for more information.

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Why You Should Still Get Your Flu Shot

You may have seen some alarmist headlines over the past few days proclaiming that this year’s flu shot doesn’t work and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention are apologizing for its ineffectiveness.

However, we’re here with the facts about the CDC’s recent press release and what it really means.

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Prioritize Your Health This Winter

With the busiest of seasons upon us, it’s very easy for people to focus on immediate tasks — buy! wrap! decorate! clean! cook! — and let more important, long-term concerns — their health, in particular — fall to the wayside.

We’re sharing some easy ways that you can keep your health at the top of your to-do list during the holidays, and beyond.

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The Flu Can Do What?!

We’ve written about the importance of the flu vaccine before (several times, in fact), but with flu season almost here, it’s time for a refresher on what exactly influenza can do.

When we share facts about the flu shot, we notice one troubling response: sure, the flu shot might help me not get sick, but what’s the big deal? The flu isn’t that bad, is it?

The flu is much more than a mere nuisance. Here are some details about influenza that you might not know — and that prove how important the flu shot is!

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The Importance of Immunization for Expectant Mothers, Parents, & Caregivers

October is an important day for expectant parents and their babies. Two important designations, the Campaign for Healthier Babies Month and Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month, make this the time to educate yourself on how you can help ensure that your baby leads a happy, healthy life.

Though many infant deaths are altogether impossible to prevent, parents and caregivers can do their part when it comes to getting themselves, immediate family members, and any caregivers immunized.

We’re exploring why immunization, including the flu shot, is so important for parents and caregivers.

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Will Your Kids Stay Healthy as They Head Back to School?

For many kids, this week marks the beginning of the end of the summer: it’s time to go back to school.

Parents may have mixed emotions about this period. It’s nice to have the kids home for the summer: there are more chances for family bonding, and it’s easier to keep an eye on your child’s health and wellbeing when they’re around you more.

As your children transition back to school, ARCpoint Labs is sharing some tips to help your kids stay healthy.

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