Family Health: Mass Flu Shot Clinics in Arkansas

Published 10/30 2013 11:41AM

Updated 10/30 2013 11:51AM

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Mass flu shot clinics continue across the state.

The clinics will be held through the third week of November with the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) providing seasonal flu vaccine at clinics in every county.

A mass flu clinic is a day-long event during which the community comes together to vaccinate as many people as possible. ADH staff, health professionals, and volunteers work as a team to provide vaccinations. Some clinics offer "drive-thrus" - you don't even leave your car.

Click here for a complete list of mass flu clinic sites.

Flu is a sickness that infects the nose, throat, and lungs and is caused by the influenza virus. If you're young and healthy, the flu vaccine should be 60 to 90 percent effective in preventing illness.

While there is little flu activity right now, it is expected to increase in the coming weeks and months. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone aged six months and older get a flu vaccine every year. The vaccine protects against flu viruses that research indicates will cause the most illness during the upcoming season.

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