Health Officials Urge Arkansans to Get Flu Shots

NOVEMBER 2, 2006 - Posted at 7:54 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas health officials have confirmed two cases of flu in the state and are advising everyone to get their flu shots.  Ann Wright, spokeswoman for the state Department of Health and Human Services, said the two confirmed cases on Influenza B were in Garland and Union counties.  She said Influenza B is a milder form of the flu than Influenza A.

The state has ordered 238,000 doses of flu vaccine, which are expected to arrive at health units November 15.  Wright said today that a shot will cost $15, but is free to those enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid or the Vaccines for Children Program.

Governor Huckabee received his flu shot yesterday at the state Capitol and encouraged all Arkansans to be vaccinated.

It takes about two weeks after receiving a shot for the vaccine to become effective in a person.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)