LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- You've heard the reminder over and over to get your flu shot, and it's becoming even more important with the number of flu-deaths almost doubling over the past week.
A number of special clinics are taking place Thursday at the state health department and at a number of central Arkansas Kroger stores.
Medical professionals are saying that the nation is halfway through this flu outbreak at best, and it should be a high priority for everyone to roll up their sleeves and get the vaccination.
"You can still get your flu shot and still be protected because we expect there will be another four to six weeks in terms of getting influenza," said Gary Wheeler with the state health department.
Wheeler said it's also a good idea for folks with underlying conditions like diabetes or respiratory problems to talk to their doctor about anti-viral therapy. He said that could be another good layer of protection.
As for the flu shot and tomorrow's clinics, the health department has one from 4 to 6 p.m. in Little Rock. The cost is $30, but if you can't afford it, you won't be turned down.
The Pulaski County Central Health Unit is at 3915 West 8th Street.
Five Kroger stores around Central Arkansas are also holding special flu clinics Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Those clinics cost is $25 without insurance, and you must be older than 7 years old to get one.
Those Krogers are located at:
110 Commons Drive, Maumelle, Ark., 72113
1295 W. Main St., Cabot, Ark., 72023
14000 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, Ark., 72212
8824 Geyer Springs, Little Rock, Ark., 72209
6929 JFK Blvd., North Little Rock, Ark., 72116
Despite national reports, these clinics are not running out of the vaccine. The five Kroger stores THV 11 checked with have as many as 750 vaccines left for the season. The one in Little Rock is actually expecting a new shipment overnight.
The Arkansas Department of Public Health announced the 13th flu-related death this season with seven of those deaths reported early last week.
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