Flu vaccine clinics starting
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.