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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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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Why You Should Get Your Flu Shot Now

If you’ve watched the news recently, you may have heard about the string of nationwide flu-related deaths. 40 states are currently reporting “widespread” flu activity as of January 11, meaning that the incidence of flu cases is on the rise. If you have not already gotten your flu shot, it’s imperative now more than ever.

Though the Center for Disease Control (CDC) does not monitor the exact number of flu-related deaths in adults, they have declared the flu season at an “epidemic” status because 7.5% of US deaths in the second week of January were caused by flu and pneumonia-related illnesses.

Still not convinced that you need to get a flu shot now? Here are some common questions you may have about this year’s flu — and answers that show why you should arm yourself with a flu shot today!

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Why the Flu Shot is Important

Winter is coming and bringing influenza with it. You might think that you can tough it out this season and avoid getting a flu shot, but do you Why the Flu Shot is Important | ARCPoint Labsreally want to gamble with your health and waste your sick days when you could arm yourself against the flu?

There are so many misconceptions about influenza out there that might be affecting your perception of the flu shot. But experts agree that a flu shot is a must-have defense against sickness. Here are a few reasons why.

Why the Flu Shot is Important

The virus keeps changing.

If you have had a flu shot in the past, chances are that you think that you might not need another one this season. However, the fact is that the flu virus mutates so rapidly, so last year’s flu shot is already outdated. To protect yourself, you should therefore not assume that the same strain of virus will affect you in this season. Each time the flu season is here, you will need to get another flu shot.

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Getting Your Flu Shot: When and Why

If you’re an adult who doesn’t have much contact with sick people, getting your flu shot may not seem like a big deal to you. But now that the weather is getting cooler, scarves, hats, and jackets aren’t the only fall accessories returning to the scene: kleenexes, cough drops, and chicken noodle soup are unfortunately making a big comeback, too!

As we transition from the balmy months of summer to the cooler autumn season, the flu is a real danger, quietly infiltrating workspaces across the country and leaving sniffles, hoarse throats, and crumpled tissues in its wake. You may think that you can put off getting your flu ARCpoint Labs Wellness Centers | Getting Your Flu Shot: When and Whyshot or that you don’t need a flu shot, but in reality, the sooner you get the shot, the better! Though vaccinations aren’t required for adults, you should consider getting your flu shot now to prevent illness.

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