Miller County to hold free flu vaccine clinic Sept. 29

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TEXARKANA — Miller County Emergency Management says they will be holding a free flu vaccine clinic on Sept. 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Four States Fairgrounds.

Miller County OEM is advising people to bring their insurance cards. If they do not have insurance, or insurance will not cover the shot, the jabs will be made available at no charge.

OEM Director Joe Bennett is handling logistics for the clinic and requests people arriving to the fairgrounds follow the traffic cones in the main parking lot and stop at the awning to complete some paperwork. Drivers  will be directed into the arena from that point. There is no need to exit vehicles throughout the process.

“We want Miller County residents to stay healthy this flu season and getting a yearly flu vaccination is the best line of defense,” Miller County health unit administrator Sandra McGough said. “We encourage everyone to come to the community clinic or the local health unit to get their flu shot.

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The Miller County OEM says that annual flu vaccination is recommended for most adults and children six months or older.

The OEM says that the flu vaccine protects against viruses expected to cause the most illness this flu season.

According to the OEM, some people have mild soreness or redness near the site of the injection along with a low fever or slight headache. People with allergies to vaccine ingredients can often receive the vaccine safely, if it is given in a doctor’s office where they can be monitored.