The Arkansas Department of Health will hold a mass flu vaccination clinic Thursday at the McGee Center. Both seasonal flu and H1N1 flu vaccinations will be offered.
Elise Brown, director of the Faulkner County Department of Health, said the vaccinations will be offered free to everyone while supplies last from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
At a mass clinic in October, H1N1 vaccinations were limited to pregnant women, children age six months to four years, and children with chronic diseases. Brown said more than 3,000 people were vaccinated at the October clinic.
Randy Lee, director of the Arkansas Department of Health’s Center for Local Public Health, said in a statement, "It appears we have adequate H1N1 vaccine to offer to everyone and substantial amounts of seasonal vaccine to offer also."
According to the statement, children younger than 10 should have a second H1N1 shot, and children younger than nine who have never been vaccinated for the seasonal flu should have a second seasonal flu shot. The first and second shots should be given at least four weeks apart.
Residents are asked to bring their health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid or ARKids First cards to the clinic so that ADH can file with their insurance providers, the statement said.
After Dec. 10, vaccinations will continue to be offered at the Faulkner County Health Unit on North Creek Drive, according to Brown. The swine flu vaccination will be free, while there will be a $20 charge for the seasonal flu vaccination, which may be charged to the patient’s insurance, she said.