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Craighead Co. Health Dept. host flu clinic

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – TheCraighead County Health Unit with the Arkansas Department of Health set up aflu-shot clinic at the St. Bernards Auditorium Wednesday. A steady stream ofpeople came through from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Amy Howell with CraigheadCounty Health said it's important to get the flu vaccine every year in order tobe protected from the virus.

"Not only will it protectthem, but it will protect people that are around them, their family, coworkers,friends.  We've got to get our communityimmunized against flu," said Howell.

Sarah Thiel a volunteersaid, "It's a really good preventative measure for individuals who want to comeout and get a flu shot especially if you're indoors a lot or at a facilitywhere you work where you're around large numbers of people.  You're more likely to get the flu beingaround crowds."

According to the CDC, symptomsof the flu include fever, chills, sore throat, stuffy nose, muscle aches,fatigue, muscle aches, cough and headache.

Young children, people over65 years of age, pregnant women and people with health conditions are highly recommendedto get the vaccination.

Flu shots are given at theCraighead County Health Department.        

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