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ADH to host flu vaccine clinic in Little Rock February 24
Little Rock, Ark. – The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), in partnership with the Clinton Presidential Center, will host a flu vaccine clinic on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The clinic will be held in the Clinton Presidential Center’s Choctaw Building located at 1200 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, AR 72201.
The flu vaccine will be provided free of charge. Patients should bring their health insurance information if they have insurance. If the patient does not have insurance, or if his or her insurance charges a co-pay, the vaccine will still be provided at no charge to the patient.
It is not too late to get your flu shot this season. ADH health officials estimate that this flu season will last another eight to 10 weeks. This has been a severe season, with 159 flu-related deaths reported in Arkansas so far. Several strains of the flu are circulating, so people may get the flu more than once this winter. If you have not gotten a flu shot yet this season, you should still get one, even if you have already had the flu.
Other important ways you can help prevent the spread of flu include: washing your hands, avoiding people who are sick, coughing into your elbow, avoiding touching your face and eyes, and staying home when you are sick.
Flu symptoms include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, muscle or body aches, fatigue and a headache. Symptoms may also include vomiting and diarrhea in children. Influenza antiviral prescription drugs, like Tamiflu, can be used to prevent or treat influenza if started soon after symptoms begin.
People who are at a higher risk for complications from the flu include:
Children aged two years old and younger
Adults aged 65 years and older
Pregnant women, or women up to two weeks after delivering a child
People with a suppressed immune system
People with chronic health problems, like asthma, diabetes, cancer and heart disease
Residents of nursing homes or other chronic care facilities
It is recommended that everyone aged six months and older get the flu shot every year. It is especially important for pregnant women and others at high risk for complications. The flu shot is available in Local Health Units located in every county and many doctor’s offices. Pharmacies also have flu shots available but do not give flu shots to children younger than seven years of age.