Flu vac­cine clin­ics start­ing

The Weekly Vista - - News - Staff Re­port

The Arkansas Depart­ment of Health (ADH) will be pro­vid­ing flu vac­cines across the state in prepa­ra­tion for the 2018-19 flu sea­son start­ing next week. Each county health unit in Arkansas will be host­ing a mass flu vac­cine clinic, which is typ­i­cally a day­long event when the health unit and nu­mer­ous com­mu­nity vol­un­teers come to­gether to pro­vide flu vac­cine to as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble.

Peo­ple should bring their in­sur­ance cards with them to the flu vac­cine clinic. If any­one does not have in­sur­ance, or the in­sur­ance does not cover flu vac­cine, the vac­cine will be avail­able at no charge. Please con­tact the near­est lo­cal health unit for in­for­ma­tion about mass flu clin­ics. Lo­cal health unit con­tact in­for­ma­tion can be found at www.healthy.arkansas.gov.

It is im­por­tant to get a flu vac­cine ev­ery year, be­cause the flu virus changes from year to year. This year’s vac­cine pro­tects against the flu viruses that are ex­pected to cause the most ill­ness this flu sea­son.

The flu vac­cine is safe and does not cause the flu. Some peo­ple may have mild sore­ness and red­ness near the site of the shot and a low fever or slight headache. There are very few med­i­cal rea­sons to skip the flu vac­cine. These in­clude life-threat­en­ing al­ler­gic re­ac­tions to a pre­vi­ous dose of the flu vac­cine or an in­gre­di­ent in the vac­cine. Peo­ple with al­ler­gies to vac­cine in­gre­di­ents can of­ten re­ceive the vac­cine safely, if it is given in a doc­tor’s of­fice where they can be mon­i­tored.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.healthy.arkansas.gov or www.flu.gov.

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