State Says Only Lines and Paperwork Slowed Flu Shot Drill

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Health officials say only lines and paperwork slowed a statewide flu shot drive that tested Arkansas' plans for a widespread epidemic.

More than 98,300 people received the vaccines during the three-day test last week.  In a typical year, state health units vaccinate about 55,000 people.

The three-day test, conducted at 81 locations across the state, did see some slight snags.  Officials say those arriving for the shots became bottlenecked when registering and lines formed quicker than workers could give the shots.

Some health units also ran out of the vaccines, but received extra doses from units that didn't see the same number of patients.

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