|Updated: 11/07/2011 8:23 pm
||Published: 11/07/2011 9:36 am
PULASKI COUNTY, AR- The Pulaski County Health Unit is providing seasonal flu vaccines at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds Hall of industry from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm on November 8, according to a release. The Pulaski County Health Unit is part of local health units statewide that are participating in mass flu vaccination clinics that began during the last week of October.
A Mass Flu Clinic is a day-long event during which the community comes together to immunize as many people as possible. Arkansas Department of Health staff, health professionals and volunteers work as a team to provide vaccine.
“Everyone over the age of six months should get flu vaccine,” Pulaski County Health Officer Dr. Ronda Henry-Tillman said. “Flu can be a serious illness and we lose roughly 23,600 Americans to complications from flu each year. It’s important for Pulaski County citizens to get their flu vaccine. If you have insurance, the ADH will ask your insurance company to pay for the cost of giving the vaccine. If you do not have insurance or your insurance company does not pay, the vaccine will be no charge to you.”
Flu vaccine is not mandatory, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatricians recommend that all children aged six months and older receive seasonal flu vaccine every year. In addition to causing illness, seasonal flu causes children to miss school and their parents to miss work.