More Flu Vaccines Available as Arkansas Cases Rise

FEBRUARY 7, 2005 - Posted at 3:35 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - More doses of the flu vaccine have become available for Arkansas residents, and health officials say the number of influenza cases in the state is rising.

About 15,000 more Arkansans can receive immunizations after the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released more flu shots to the state and lifted restrictions for dispensing.  The price for the shot will drop from $15 to $10.

No numbers are available on how many flu cases are in the state.  But the Health Department says it is getting indications that the spread of the virus is accelrating.

The agency is urging Arkansans to avoid contact with other people who are sick, stay home if they are sick, wash their hands often with soap, use a hand sanitizer and quit smoking, which makes people more susceptible to respiratory illnesses.

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