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Area schools, public health departments offering flu vaccines

As the old song goes, “Love is in the air.” However, as fall is upon us, so is the flu bug; and local agencies are doing their part to see the public gets a flu vaccine.

North Little Rock Health Department is providing Flu Vaccine on Nov. 1.

“Flu is a serious illness and it’s time for Arkansans to get their flu vaccine,” said Carey Woods, Administrator for the North Little Rock Health Department.

On Nov. 1st, the department will provide seasonal flu vaccine at North Little Rock Lakewood Middle School from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

“The North Little Rock Health Department is part of local health units statewide that are participating in mass flu vaccination clinics,” she said.

A Mass Flu Clinic is a day-long event during which the community comes together to immunize as many people as possible. Arkansas Department of Health staff, health professionals and volunteers work as a team to provide vaccine.

Everyone over the age of six months should get flu vaccine. Flu can be a serious illness and we lose roughly 23,600 Americans to complications from flu each year.

“It’s important for North Little Rock citizens to get their flu vaccine,” Woods said. “If you have insurance, the ADH will ask your insurance company to pay for the cost of giving the vaccine. If you do not have insurance or your insurance company does not pay, the vaccine will be no charge to you.”

Flu vaccine is not mandatory, but is highly recommended for anyone six months and older. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatricians recommend that all children aged 6 months and older receive seasonal flu vaccine every year. In addition to causing illness, seasonal flu causes children to miss school and their parents to miss work.

Local school districts are already offering shots for the students, including:

Oct. 17

- North Little Rock School District Seventh Street Elementary School, 9- 11:30 a.m.

- North Little Rock School District Boone Park Elementary School, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Oct. 18

- Pulaski County Special School District Pinewood Elementary School, 9- 11:30 a.m.

- Oct. 22

North Little Rock School District North Heights Elementary School, - 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Pulaski North Little Rock School District Amboy Elementary, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

- Oct. 23

North Little Rock School District Crestwood Elementary School, 9- 11:30 a.m.

Pulaski North Little Rock School District Lakewood Middle School, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Oct. 24

North Little Rock School District Ridgeroad Middle School, 9- 11:30 a.m.

Pulaski North Little Rock School District Pike View Elementary School, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Nov. 6

North Little Rock School District Lakewood Middle School, 9- 11:30 a.m.

Pulaski North Little Rock School District Lakewood Middle School, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Nov. 7

North Little Rock School District North Little Rock High School, 9- 11:30 a.m.

Nov. 12

North Little Rock School District Academics Plus Charter School, 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Nov. 13

Pulaski County Special School District Crystal Hill Elementary, 9-11:30 a.m.

Nov. 15

North Little Rock School District Pine Forest Elementary School, 9-11:30 a.m.

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