Flu shots at mass clinic Nov. 9

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Lonoke County Health Units will conduct a mass flu clinic, providing seasonal flu vaccinations, Nov. 9 at the Lonoke Community Center, 1355 West Front Street (U.S. Highway 70), Lonoke. The clinic will operate 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There is no charge to individuals. Health insurance information will be requested, which the Arkansas Department of Health will use to request payment from insurance. But regardless of whether insurance will cover the immunization, there will be no charge for the individual, an ADH press release states.

Children eight years old and younger who have never been vaccinated for seasonal flu will need a second vaccination four weeks after the first vaccination for full protection. In Lonoke County, contact the ADH health units at Lonoke or Cabot, or personal healthcare provider, for the second vaccination.

ADH information notes that there are very few medical reasons for not getting vaccinated for the flu. The reasons include severe, sometimes life-threatening allergic reactions to previous flu vaccinations or eggs, or Guillain-Barré syndrome.

Persons with a non-life threatening egg allergy may be vaccinated, but need to see a doctor specializing in allergies.

Reactions to flu vaccines might include a mild soreness and redness near the site of the shot and perhaps a little fever or slight headache. The nasal spray flu vaccine side effects may include runny nose, headache and wheezing; the flu vaccine cannot cause the flu.

For more information, go to www.healthy.arkansas.gov or www.flu.gov, or contact the Lonoke Health Unit at 501-676-2268, or the at Cabot Health Unit 501-843-7561.

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