Flu immunizations will be provided by Lonoke County Health Units at a mass flu clinic, Friday, Nov. 9, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Lonoke Fitness Center, 1355 West Front St. (U.S. Highway 70), Lonoke.
The Lonoke County event is part of an Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) program of mass flu clinics that began in October. A mass flu clinic is a daylong event to immunize as many people as possible.
According to information from ADH there will be no charge to individuals for the immunization. Individuals who have health insurance will be asked for insurance information but no charges will be directed to the individual.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) recommend that children aged 6 months and older be given seasonal flu vaccine each year.
Children eight years and younger who have never had seasonal flu vaccine will need a second dose four weeks after the first vaccine to develop full protection.
For second doses, contact the ADH county health unit or health care provider to ensure vaccine is available before taking a child in for a second dose. The Lonoke County Health Unit at Lonoke is at 306 North Center Street (across from the Courthouse), 501-676-2268; the Lonoke County Health Unit at Cabot is at 118 South First St., 501-843-7561.
ADH information is that there are few medical reasons for avoiding a flu shot. Reasons include life-threatening reactions such as anaphylaxis to a previous dose of flu vaccine or eggs or Guillain-Barre syndrome. Persons with a non-life threatening egg allergy may be vaccinated but should first consult their physician or 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 give you the flu.
Influenza symptoms include fever over 100 degrees, headache, extreme fatigue, sore throat, muscle aches, dry cough, runny or stuffy nose and occasionally stomach symptoms such as nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
For more information on flu immunizations go online to www.healthy.arkansas.gov or www.flu.gov.