Flu shot clinics planned across Arkansas

Flu shot clinics planned across Arkansas

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Flu shots will be prevalent across Arkansas in mass clinics.

The Arkansas Department of Health released a list of clinics scheduled in October and November.

Those wanting the flu shot should bring insurance cards with them. However, if no one has insurance or the person's insurance does not cover the shot, the vaccine will be available at no charge according to ADH.

The clinics come in response to last year's flu season.

"Last year's flu season was the worst in Arkansas in terms of flu deaths in the last forty years. It was a reminder that flu should not be taken lightly," said Dirk Haselow, M.D., state epidemiologist at ADH.

ADH states the vaccine is safe and does not cause the flu, but some may have mild soreness and redness near the site of the shot and a low fever or slight headache.

Good hand washing habits are also encouraged to help fight off the flu. Nevertheless, the best prevention is a flu shot the ADH states.

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