Washington County Health Unit Administrator Robin Thomas says vaccinating as many people as possible in a single day will help prevent the spread of the disease. Patients moved quickly through the line at the Jones Center in Springdale, and more than 750 people were vaccinated in the first few hours.
Thomas says it's especially important for the young, the old, and anyone with a chronic disease to get a flu shot.
"It's not fun, and if you're in a high risk category it could make you very ill if you were to get the flu," she says. "You have lost days at work, you have children who miss school for weeks at a time, and the purpose of this is to prevent a lot of that."
Leisa Todd and her two children get the shot every year.
"We've been doing it ever since they've been doing the free flu shots," Todd says. "I would feel really guilty as a mom if i didn't get my kids the flu shot and they were to die, had they got the flu, and so I just figure there's not excuse really not to get it."
The shots are free, but the county asks people to bring an ID and an insurance card if possible.
This is the last county wide mass flu clinic in our area this year, it runs until 7 p.m. at the Jones Center. Shots will still be available, but the health unit charges $30.