Flu Shot Clinic Held in Jonesboro

November 4, 2005 -- Posted at 2:00 p.m. CST


JONESBORO, AR -- Cold and flu season is here, and for many in Region 8, that means it's time to get a flu shot.  There are many places you can go to get your shot, but for some the place to be Friday morning was St. Bernards Auditorium.


People began lining up at 5 o’clock in the morning for the flu clinic that didn’t open its doors until 7.  “We had a big line before we ever opened up.  At six a.m. there were people out there waiting for the doors to open,” said Amy Howell of the Craighead County Health Department. 


These people were eagerly waiting for a shot that this time last year was very hard to come by.  that type of shortage is not expected this year.  “We have a good supply this year.  We don't anticipate a shortage and we have a good supply today, probably for about three thousand people and we can re-order it this time.”


Eric Watson of Saint Bernards said, “Influenza, or the flu more commonly called, is a very contagious disease.  In theUnited States alone it kills about 36,000 Americans annually.”  For people waiting to be vaccinated Friday’s flu clinic was just what the doctor ordered.  “I couldn't live if I got the flu,” said Charlie Hayes who came from Trumann, “Even a mild form of it.  As long as I've been taking the flu shot I haven't gotten the flu.”


“I'm a firm believer that we need to have these kind of clinics for the general public just to reach those folks who for whatever reason may not have access to a flu shot,” said Watson.  Health officials encourage everyone to get a flu vaccination but remind everyone that it takes at least two weeks for the vaccination to take effect.