The Arkansas Department of Health announced that it will soon be offering seasonal flu shots at school vaccination clinics and at mass flu clinics in every county as it did last year. Please watch for more information about the clinics from your schools and also check the Healthy Arkansas website for schedules and other important facts about fighting the flu.
Here’s some good news for this year: One dose of vaccine will protect you from the three kinds of flu healthcare providers expect to see—H1N1 flu that caused so much illness last year (53 Arkansans died from the H1N1 flu last year), a new kind of flu that’s expected, H3N2, and a type B flu.
The flu shot is recommended for everyone over the age of six months (excluding people who are severely allergic to chicken eggs or who developed Guillian-Barre syndrome within 6 months of getting a vaccination).
And, as flu season rolls around, remember these other preventative behaviors — wash hands well and frequently, sneeze and cough into tissues, and stay home from school and other activities if you have flu-like symptoms.
Posted by JJT.