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Flu Vaccines available at Arkansas schools starting Oct. 8

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LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) – The seasonal flu vaccine is available again to schoolchildren in grades K-12 thanks to the Arkansas Department of Health and the Arkansas Department of education.

According to the ADH, vaccinations will be available beginning on the week of Oct. 8, and school clinics will continue for the next several months. Both the injection and nasal mist treatments will be available.

A spokesperson with ADH says students are not required to take the flu shot, but Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatricians recommend flu shots for everyone 6 months and older.

[PDF: List of school clinics and dates]

Schools will send a consent form and a fact sheet about the vaccine home with every student. If you want your children to receive the vaccine, the form must be signed and returned.

ADH can ask your insurance company to pay for the cost of the vaccine. If you do not have insurance or your company does not pay, the shot will be provided at no cost.

For more information go to www.healthy.arkansas.gov  or http://www.cdc.gov/flu/

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