The Stone County Health Unit of the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) will be offering flu vaccinations on Friday, Sept. 27, at their office located at 204 Whitfield Ave. in Mountain View from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Residents should bring their insurance cards with them to the flu vaccine clinic. If they do not have insurance or the insurance does not cover flu shots, the vaccine will be available at no charge.
“We want Stone County residents to stay healthy this flu season, and getting a yearly flu vaccination is the best line of defense,” Candace Branscum, administrator of the Stone County Health Unit said in a release. “We encourage everyone to come to the mass clinic or the local health unit to get their flu shot.”
Annual flu vaccination is recommended for most adults and children six months and older. The flu virus changes from year to year, and this year’s vaccine protects against the flu viruses that are expected to cause the most illness this flu season.
“The flu should not be taken lightly,” said Dr. Jennifer Dillaha, medical director for immunizations at ADH. “We are encouraging everyone to get a flu shot to protect themselves and their families because it is hard to predict in advance how severe the flu season is going to be.”
The flu is easily spread through coughing or sneezing and by touching something, such as a doorknob, with the virus on it, and then touching their nose or mouth. Good handwashing habits are important in preventing the flu; however, the best way to prevent the flu is to get the vaccine.
For more information, go to healthy.arkansas.gov.