Health officials warn of flu activity in Arkansas

Mass flu clinic set for this Friday

TEXARKANA, Ar - Health officials report early flu activity across Arkansas, and they're urging residents to get their flu shots.  

Miller County Health Administrator Julie Huntley said, "It should be a concern and you should get your flu shot. Go ahead and get it now."

Huntley said last year, the Miller County Health Unit administered over four hundred flu shots at a mass flu clinic.  She hopes to serve even more this Friday.  She said, "This year it does protect against four strains in this particular vaccine.  Two are Type A and two are Type B."

The flu can be deadly for compromised immune systems.  Huntley adds, you can be a carrier and unknowing spread it to others.  "Someone actually can spread the virus before they have symptoms, up to ten days. So, if you're out in public, someone is coughing and sneezing, you could possibly be infected with the flu virus," she said,

This Friday's clinic is free of charge and will be held at 503 Walnut Street, Texarkana, Arkansas from 8am to 4:30pm. 

Flu shots will also be available in schools. Here's a list of school flu clinic dates:

· TASD OCTOBER 30TH THRU NOVEMBER 3RD

o October 30th Washington Pre K and Trice Elementary

o October 31st Union and College Hill Elementary

o November 1st North Heights and Arkansas High

o November 2nd Fairview and Kilpatrick Elementary

o November 3rd College Hill Middle School

· Genoa Schools: November 17th

· Fouke Schools: October 27th

This year you have the option of completing your child’s flu consent form online by visiting: https://adhschoolfluprereg.arkansas.gov

Forms will be sent home but will not be required to complete if you completed the online consent form.

If you need assistance with the online registration process, you can call 1-866-671-7266 Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


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