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*UPDATE * Mass flu vaccinations scheduled

Seasonal flu mass-vaccination locations in Pulaski and Saline Counties have been confirmed for Thursday, October 29.

In North Little Rock, a drive-through and limited walk-up clinic will be held 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Dickey-Stephens Ball Park on Broadway.

In Little Rock, a drive-through and limited walk-up clinic will be held 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. at the Church at Rock Creek 11500 West 36th Street, (501) 225-8684.

The Jacksonville Community Center at 5 Municipal Dr., Jacksonville, (501) 982-2613, will have a walk-in clinic from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.

The Saline Country mass vaccination will also be held on Thursday, Oct. 29, 10/30 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. The location is Holland Chapel Church 15523 Interstate 30, (501) 778-4546. This is a walk-in location.

Seasonal flu shots are free at the mass clinics. Participants are urged to bring private insurance cards, Medicare and Medicare cards or ARKids First health insurance cards. Vaccinations will be available for $20 after the mass-vaccination clinics have concluded.

Volunteers are needed for many different forms of assistance at mass clinics. Please contact your local health units for more information. Link to locations here.

 The following article was released by the Arkansas Department of Health on Oct. 23:

Mass Vaccination Clinic Update

Children Ages 5-18 with Underlying Medical Conditions Will Receive H1N1 Vaccine As Supplies Permit

In order to reach more children with underlying medical conditions and possible risk for complications from H1N1 flu, the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) will be offering H1N1 vaccine as supplies permit to children ages 5-18 with underlying medical conditions at the Mass Flu Clinics on Oct. 29, 30, 31.  We will have seasonal vaccine available for the general public and the H1N1 vaccine available for pregnant women and children ages 6 months through 4 years.

Previously scheduled school clinics scheduled through December statewide will continue to give seasonal flu and H1N1 vaccine as supplies allow to students whose parents request the vaccine for their children.  Additionally, the ADH will work with public and private schools that have not scheduled a clinic and work toward meeting their needs.  

As Arkansas gets more H1N1 vaccine, those doses will continue to be given to priority groups first.   Priority groups include pregnant women, children ages 6 months through 24 years, health care workers and emergency medical responders, people caring for infants under 6 months of age, and people ages 25-64 years with underlying health conditions.
If your child  is experiencing flu-like symptoms (fever over 100 degrees, headache, body aches, sore throat, dry cough, runny nose, and in some instances vomiting and diarrhea) and especially if they have underlying medical conditions, call your private physician for advice on what  to do.  Children with underlying medical conditions include those with chronic pulmonary (including asthma), cardiovascular (except hypertension), renal, hepatic, cognitive, neurologic/neuromuscular, hematological or metabolic disorders (including diabetes mellitus); are immunosuppressed (including immunosuppression caused by medications or by human immunodeficiency virus); are receiving long-term aspirin therapy and therefore might be at risk for experiencing Reye syndrome after influenza virus infection;  are residents of long-term care facilities.

Vaccine supplies are expected to increase in the coming months, and there will be plenty of vaccine for any Arkansan that would like to receive it.

For more information go to www.healthyarkansas.com or www.flu.gov.

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