The Benton County Health Unit is visiting schools this month to slow the spread of the virus. In the first week, more than 2,400 people have taken advantage, and administrator Loy Bailey says the outreach effort is becoming more popular.
"By providing those immunizations at the school sites, we're able to get a lot of kids at one time," he says.
The school visits will continue through the beginning of November, but public vaccination clinics start next week.
Benton County will be setting up two sites next Friday, October 25.
Mass flu shots will be available free of charge at the Rogers Activity Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and in Siloam Springs at the Community Christian Fellowship Church from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Washington County will hold a mass flu clinic at the Jones Center in Springdale on November 1st from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
There will be no out of pocket expense, but if you have insurance, the health department asks that you bring your card with you.