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Texarkana's drive thru flu clinic brings hundreds

Flu season is here, which is why health officials encourage people to get vaccinated.
Flu season is here, which is why health officials are encouraging people to get vaccinated.

Up in Texarkana, flu shots were being offered to those who wanted one.

It was a drive thru flu clinic.

It was great, because it gave people the opportunity to get the flu shot with ease.

Not everyone looks forward to getting a flu shot.

"It actually didn't hurt, and I'm terrified of shots," admitted Destinee Brown.

Miller County Health Unit is helping make it painless as possible.

"They enjoy it," said Nurse Administrator Cynthia White. "They think it's a fun way to get their vaccination."

Each year, they hold a drive thru flu clinic at the Four States Fairgrounds.

People drive up, stick out their arm, and get the shot all without leaving their car.

"I think this is great for everybody," said Nancy Herron.

It gets better because it was free.

"I think it's awesome we're able to do this for the community because there's so many people who don't get the shots but would like to have them," said Brown.

Those in charge expect to give hundreds if not thousands of vaccinations and they say if you haven't done it, you need to.

Health officials recommend those 6-months and up get one every year.

"Even if you're young and healthy and will be okay with recovering from the flu, you can still infect someone else," said White. "The influenza virus can cause severe complications and can even cause death."

The shot, while not fun, is quick and easy, and it'll help make sure this flu season, is a sick-free one for many.

The clinic is a one day event, and will be held again next year.

If you missed it, you can go to www.healthy.arkansas.gov for more details.
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