More than 10 counties across the state of Arkansas are being offered free hepatitis A and tetanus shots after recent flooding events.
Given by the Arkansas Department of Health, the vaccinations will be dispersed at several local health units.
The Log Cabin Democrat confirmed with Meg Mirivel, the department’s public information director, on Friday that the Faulkner County Health Unit, located at 811 N. Creek Dr. in Conway, was included in that list.
While the vaccinations will be provided at no cost, patients are still being asked to bring insurance information with them if they have it.
“Due to the possibility of a debris-related injury after a flood, it is recommended that all responders and residents make sure that they are up-to-date with the tetanus shot,” a news release from the health department, reads. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommends the diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis vaccination (DTaP for those younger than seven; Tdap or Td for those seven years or older) across the lifespan:
• Infants and children should receive five doses of DTaP by the time they reach six years of age.
• Adolescents should receive a single dose of Tdap between 11- and 12-year-old.
• Pregnant women should receive a single dose of Tdap during every pregnancy.
• Adults should receive a single dose of Td every 10 years.
• Adults who are eligible to receive a Td, but have never had a Tdap, should receive a Tdap.
“If you receive a wound, you should still see your doctor as other medicines or treatment may be needed,” the release stated.
Hepatitis A is a liver infection that can be caused by ingesting contaminated food or water, and while it has not recently been associated with exposure to flood waters across the U.S., since Arkansas has been experiencing an outbreak recently, anyone in flood-affected areas who wants to be protected, is encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity, according to officials.
For those interested, vaccines will be available for the next month from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily at the following locations:
Northwest region –late hours from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Thursday.
• Conway County.
• Crawford County.
• Franklin County.
• Logan County-Paris.
• Logan County-Booneville.
• Pope County.
• Sebastian County.
• Yell County-Dardanelle.
Central region – late hours from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday.
• Faulkner County.
• Perry County.
• Pulaski County-Central – this location is currently without power–please check ADH social media accounts for updates on power restoration.
• Arkansas County-DeWitt – late hours from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday.
• Arkansas County-Stuttgart – late hours from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday.
• Desha County-Dumas – late hours from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday.
• Jefferson County – late hours from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday.
• Lincoln County – late hours from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Vaccines are also available in many doctor’s offices and pharmacies. A local health unit can be found in every county, www.healthy.arkansas.gov/health-units.