Although the number of new infections with 2009 H1N1influenza has been decreasing, Arkansans are still at risk for H1N1 influenza infection. Therefore, it is important to increase the number of those vaccinated with 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine within the state. Though this has been an unprecedented year in terms of the number of people who have received flu vaccinations, most people still have not gotten the 2009 H1N1 vaccine – this applies to every age and risk group.
Key groups who should get their vaccine include:
Influenza is unpredictable and we do not know the likelihood of a future wave of 2009 H1N1 influenza, but we do know that vaccination is the single best way to reduce the health impact of influenza.
We have an ample vaccine supply conveniently available free at our local health units or for a minimal charge at a large number of pharmacies and healthcare providers around the state.
Arkansas Immunization Scorecard
A total of 626,578 doses of seasonal and H1N1 vaccine were administered during two rounds of statewide mass vaccination clinics conducted at 1,242 sites in nearly every county in the state and in schools and daycares from mid-October through December 23. The total number of seasonal and H1N1 doses administered at mass flu clinics was 306,200 (189,784 doses of seasonal vaccine and 116,416 doses of H1N1 vaccine). A total of 320,378 doses of vaccine (177,828 seasonal and 142,550 H1N1) were given at school and daycare sites.