Free Flu Shot Clinic Oct. 29 at Siloam Springs Family Medicine
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);
• Sore throat;
• Runny or stuffy nose;
• Muscle or body aches;
• 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.