One Vote Equals One Flu Shot

OCTOBER 21, 2004 - Posted at 7:20 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansans who are members of groups at high risk if they contract influenza will be able to get flu shots the day after voting in this year's election.  The state Health Department said yesterday it will begin offering doses of flu vaccine on November 3 at county health units around the state.

The shots are being limited to high-risk groups because of a nationwide shortage of flu vaccine this year.

Those eligible for the shots, the department said, are people 65 or older, children from six months to 23 months old, adults and children with chronic lung, heart or blood disorders or metabolic or kidney diseases, or weakened immune systems, including those with AIDS, pregnant women, nursing home residents, youngsters from six months to 18 years who must take aspirin daily, health care workers involved in hands-on care, and caregivers of infants younger than six months.

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