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Flu clinics

The Arkansas Department of Health announced Monday that it is partnering with Arkansas schools to vaccinate school children grades K-12 for seasonal flu.

Clinics in Van Buren County, according to ADH, will be at the Clinton School District from 2-5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29; at the South Side-Bee Branch School District from 9 a.m.-noon Thursday, Oct. 31; and at Shirley School District from 1-3 p.m. Nov. 4.

Flu symptoms can include fever (though not in everyone), cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue. It sometimes includes vomiting and diarrhea, mostly in children.

Most people recover from the flu in a few days, but it can develop into a more serious ailment, and it can worsen chronic health problems.

Flu-associated deaths each year in the U.S. range from 3,000 to 49,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Home sales up

The number of homes sold in Arkansas in August was up 24 percent from August 2012, while the average price of those homes decreased by less than 1 percent, the Arkansas Realtors Association said Tuesday.

The association said 2,819 homes sold in the 43-county area it surveyed in August, up from 2,273 in August of last year. The average home price last August was $164,373, down 0.3 percent from the average price of $164,916 a year earlier.

Benton County had the most homes sold in August with 504, followed by Pulaski County with 423, Washington County with 291, Saline County with 162 and Garland County with 150.

The average home price for the month was highest in Perry County at $259,833, followed by Pulaski County at $196,374, Benton County at $195,755, Washington County at $186,067 and Craighead County at $183,484.

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