Free Flu Shot Clinic Oct. 29 at Siloam Springs Fam­ily Medicine

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SILOAM SPRINGS — Siloam Springs Fam­ily Medicine will be host­ing a free flu shot clinic for the com­mu­nity from 5-7 p.m. on Mon­day, Oct. 29, at 1101-1 N. Progress Ave in Siloam Springs.

Dr. Beth Harp and Ste­fanie Barr, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, will be on hand to ad­min­is­ter flu shots and an­swer ques­tions about the in­fluenza virus.

The flu is dif­fer­ent from a cold, typ­i­cally com­ing on sud­denly. Symp­toms may in­clude:

• Fever or feel­ing fever­ish/chills (not every­one with flu will have a fever);

• Cough;

• Sore throat;

• Runny or stuffy nose;

• Mus­cle or body aches;

• Headaches;

• Fa­tigue (tired­ness);

• Vom­it­ing and di­ar­rhea (more com­mon in chil­dren).

Adults are con­ta­gious one day be­fore get­ting symp­toms and up to five days af­ter get­ting sick. If you think you have the flu, visit your provider or ur­gent care as soon as pos­si­ble. They may be able to pre­scribe an­tivi­ral drugs to treat flu ill­ness and pre­vent se­ri­ous flu com­pli­ca­tions. High-risk in­di­vid­u­als with the flu are par­tic­u­larly in need of prompt treat­ment.

The Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion ad­vises every­one 6 months or older to get a flu shot, es­pe­cially peo­ple at high risk for de­vel­op­ing se­ri­ous com­pli­ca­tions from in­fluenza: young chil­dren, adults older than 65, preg­nant women and in­di­vid­u­als with chronic med­i­cal con­di­tions such as asthma, di­a­betes and lung dis­ease or com­pro­mised im­mune sys­tems.

Com­bined with vac­ci­na­tion, good health habits can pro­tect against the flu:

• Avoid con­tact with peo­ple who have the flu or symp­toms;

• Stay home when you are sick;

• Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze;

• Re­sist touch­ing your eyes, mouth and nose; and

• Wash your hands fre­quently.

For more in­for­ma­tion on this free flu shot clinic, or to sched­ule an ap­point­ment at Siloam Springs Fam­ily Medicine, call 479215-3035. Same-day ap­point­ments are avail­able and walk-ins are wel­come.

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