Free flu shots at NCHU

By submitted, 02/8/18 2:16 PM


LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is offering free flu shots in all Local Health Units (LHUs). This includes the Nevada and Hempstead County Health Units.

There will be no out of pocket cost for patients, regardless of their insurance status. The state continues to see a high number of flu cases and flu-related deaths this season. Any Arkansan who has not yet received a flu shot can go to the LHU near them. LHUs are listed on the ADH website at

ADH is reporting 125 flu-related deaths so far this season. Three of those deaths were children. It is not too late to get a flu shot this flu season. Even in years where the flu shot is not perfect, it is still the best protection from the flu that is available. However, it takes two weeks for the body to develop antibodies to fight the flu.

Other important ways people can help prevent the spread of flu include: washing their hands, avoiding people who are sick, coughing into their elbow, avoiding touching their face and eyes, and staying home when sick.

Flu symptoms include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, muscle or body aches, fatigue and a headache. Symptoms may also include vomiting and diarrhea in children. Influenza antiviral prescription drugs, like Tamiflu, can be used to prevent or treat influenza if started soon after symptoms begin.

People who are at a higher risk for complications from the flu include:

  • Children aged two years old and younger
  • Adults aged 65 years and older
  • Pregnant women, or women up to two weeks after delivering a child
  • People with a suppressed immune system
  • People with chronic health problems, like asthma, diabetes, cancer and heart disease
  • Residents of nursing homes or other chronic care facilities

It is recommended that everyone aged six months and older get the flu shot every year. It is especially important for pregnant women and others at high risk for complications. The flu shot is available in Local Health Units located in every county and many doctor’s offices. Pharmacies also have flu shots available but do not give flu shots to children younger than seven years of age.



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