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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Arkansas Department of Health said it's better later then never when it come to getting a flu shot.

While the flu season is in full swing, and widespread throughout the U.S. this year, a clinic took place in Little Rock on Wednesday afternoon, but flu shots are given at pharmacies every day.

Anyone more than six months old is strongly encouraged to get vaccinated, according to the Arkansas Department of Health.

So far, 13 people in Arkansas have died from the flu this year.

As promoted, vaccinations were given at the Pulaski County Central Health Unit on west 8th street in Little Rock on Thursday.

Pregnant women, people 65 years or older, children under the age of five and people with chronic conditions such as asthma, heart disease or weakened immune systems are at high risk from flu-related complications. They are especially encouraged to get this flu vaccine.

"This amount of influenza has been unprecedented here in the last few years. So people are responding and coming in to get those shots. We wanted to make sure we offered another avenue for people to come in and get a shot," said Raymond Heaggans, the Manager of the Pulaski County Central Health Unit.

Most flu vaccines tend to run $25 to $30 or can be submitted through insurance.

Flu-mist vaccine, in the form of a nasal spray, is one option for children.

Haeggans said people can go to the Department of Health, or to any pharmacy for this shot.
Officials with the Health Department said sudden flu symptoms tend to include fever, aches, chills and tiredness.

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