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Clinic receives huge response

Kelley Whitmire administers a flu shot to Fred Hodge of Walnut Ridge during the mass flu clinic held on Thursday.
Shantelle Prater
Staff Writer

The mass flu clinic held at the Walnut Ridge Fire Department received an outstanding response from Lawrence County residents seeking free flu shots on Thursday.

Arkansas State University nursing students were on hand at the event administering the 560 flu shots available.

As traffic congested Highway 67B, residents waited as long as one hour before receiving a flu shot.

Bob Bridges, administrator of the local health unit, commented on the turnout stating, "Traffic flow has increased from last year."

FedEx delivered H1N1 vaccines, administered only to pregnant women, children under four and children five to 18 with underlying health issues, on-site.

By 2 p.m. all the available shots had been given, and residents were advised to try Randolph County clinics.

According to Bridges, a walk-in flu clinic will be held in Walnut Ridge on Dec. 8. The location is currently unknown.

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