Arkansas Department of Health is offering free flu shots in all Local Health Units . There will be no out of pocket cost for patients, regardless of their insurance status. The state continues to see a high number of flu cases and flu-related deaths this season. Any Arkansan who has not yet received a flu shot can go to the unit near them.

Lonoke County has health units at Lonoke and Cabot. The numbers are, respectively, 501-843-7561 and 501-676-2268.

The Health Department has reported 125 flu-related deaths, and counting, so far this season. Three of those deaths were children.

It is recommended that everyone aged 6 months and older get the flu shot every year. It is especially important for pregnant women and others at high risk for complications.