The Hempstead County Health Unit (HCHU) will be offering flu clinics on the UAHT campus and school campuses around the county for those interested getting the vaccine this year.

According to HCHU Administrator Debbie Howard, the vaccine will be available at Hempstead Hall on Friday, September 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hempstead Hall is located on the UAHT campus at 2500 S. Main St. in Hope. Those intending to get the vaccine need to bring their insurance card with them. Those whose insurance doesn’t cover the flu shot and those who don’t have insurance will have the vaccine provided at no charge.

The dates for flu clinics at area schools are:

Spring Hil – October 3

Blevins – October 5

Yerger Middle School – October 8

FACT Head Start – October 8

Clinton Primary School – October 9

ABC / Pre-K – October 9

Beryl Henry Elementary – October 10

Hope High School – October 10

HAPS- October – 11

Garrett School – October 17

The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is recommending the vaccine for most adults and children 6-months-old and older. The virus changes year-to-year and the ADH says this year’s vaccines are intended to protect against the forms of the virus expected to cause the most illness this flu season.

According to the ADH, people of all ages can get the flu and certain people are more likely to have serious health problems if they get the flu. This includes older adults, young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), people who smoke and people who live in nursing homes. The ADH says they strongly recommends that people in these groups, as well as their friends, family members and caregivers, get the vaccine.

The ADH assures the public the flu vaccine is safe and does not cause the flu. They say some people may have mild soreness and redness near the site of the shot and a low fever or slight headache.

The ADH says you should not get the vaccine if you’ve had life-threatening allergic reactions to a previous dose of the flu vaccine or an ingredient in the vaccine. They say those with allergies to vaccine ingredients can often receive the vaccine safely if it is given in a doctor’s office where they can be monitored.

For more information from the ADH and the CDC, go to www.healthy.arkansas.gov or www.flu.gov.

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