There was, in the words of one official at Arkansas Department of Health Units in Paris and Booneville, a "substantial increase" in the number of people getting flu vaccination shots at public clinics held in Logan County last week.
Mass flu vaccination clinics were conducted last Thursday in Paris and last Friday in Booneville. Flu vaccination shots are also being administered in schools in the county this month.
As the clinic held in Paris last Thursday at the First National Bank Community Center, shots were given to 1,204 people. At the Booneville clinic held last Friday, shots were administered to 748 people. Countywide, shots were given to 1,952 people.
Last year, shots were given to 914 people in Paris and 592 people in Booneville, for a total of 1,506.
Paula Beaty, administrator of the county’s Health Units, was happy about those results.
"We’ve done wonderfully," she said Monday.
Beaty also said the county’s Health Units still have vaccine available and members of the public can come to the health units and get vaccinated against the flu.
Beaty credits several factors for the increase.
"We had more exposure in the press, there’s been more word-of-mouth information and we had a really bad flu season last year and many didn’t want to go through that again," Beaty said.
Beaty also said more vaccines are being given in schools this year but doesn’t have final numbers yet.
Also, Beaty said the unit in Paris will have a licensed person on hand as of Monday to help people navigate or get information about the insurance market place set up in the state under terms of the Affordable Care Act.
To make an appointment to visit with the licensed In Person Assistant, call the Paris unit at 963-6126.