Columbia gearing up for coming flu season

4 months 3 days 16 hours ago September 16, 2016 Sep 16, 2016 Friday, September 16 2016 Friday, September 16, 2016 2:28:00 PM CDT in News
By: Zach Groppe, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - With October, and fall, right around the corner that means flu season is almost back.

The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services announced today their plan for fighting the annoying virus.

This year all kids, from six months old to age 18, will be able to receive the flu vaccine for free, which makes one spokesperson say it’s almost a must to get the vaccine.

“We also want you to take that step and get your kid protected from the flu, and we’re providing that at no cost for kids so take advantage of that while you can. We know it can be scary but our nurses are really great and they’re all about hand holding and stickers and making sure that our kids are taken care of,” Public Information officer for Columbia/Boone County Dept. of Public Health and Human Services, Andrea Waner, said.

However, if you’re over the age of 18 the cost of the vaccine will cost $25, but most insurances should be able to cover that cost.

One Columbia man agrees that the vaccine is something people should think about getting.

“I would say it’s fairly important. I think it’s a matter of opinion and choice really. Of course everyone’s going to have different opinions, though honestly, if you have the means to get them you should probably get one,” Seth Murray said.

Also this year, the flu mist will not be offered to anyone, which should help with any possibility of vaccine shortages.

“We’re not anticipating that being an issue this year, obviously because we’re not going to be providing the flu mist. So, I think that we’re not concerned that there’s going to be an over big huge rush of people coming in to get the flu vaccine and us not having enough,” Waner said.

Even if you have gotten the shot in prior years, the department still wants everyone to receive a shot.

“That’s when we tell people you got your shot last year? That’s awesome, congratulations please get it this year too because it changes every year, and so we recommend people get it annually. It’s not a one and done kind of situation. We want you to do it every year,” Waner said.

Anyone wanting the vaccine can go to the Department of Public Health and Human Services Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Schools will also start vaccinating students starting in the fall.

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a new set of regulations on Wednesday that clarifies standards for living... More >>
5 hours ago January 19, 2017 Jan 19, 2017 Thursday, January 19 2017 Thursday, January 19, 2017 6:49:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia/Boone County Health and Human Services Department tracked a decrease in mumps cases reports when MU students... More >>
5 hours ago January 19, 2017 Jan 19, 2017 Thursday, January 19 2017 Thursday, January 19, 2017 6:42:00 PM CST in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A southwest Missouri woman was sentenced to two years in prison without parole for selling more than... More >>
5 hours ago January 19, 2017 Jan 19, 2017 Thursday, January 19 2017 Thursday, January 19, 2017 6:39:07 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY ( AP) — Missouri Democrats are asking Gov. Eric Greitens to support their efforts to force the new... More >>
5 hours ago January 19, 2017 Jan 19, 2017 Thursday, January 19 2017 Thursday, January 19, 2017 6:23:56 PM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police say a man was fatally shot just west of Hickey Park. According... More >>
5 hours ago January 19, 2017 Jan 19, 2017 Thursday, January 19 2017 Thursday, January 19, 2017 6:11:00 PM CST in News
BOONE COUNTY - The Missouri Highway Patrol has identified the person at the center of a death investigation north of... More >>
6 hours ago January 19, 2017 Jan 19, 2017 Thursday, January 19 2017 Thursday, January 19, 2017 5:15:35 PM CST in Top Stories
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police say a 79-year-old man fatally shot the assistant manager of an apartment for... More >>
7 hours ago January 19, 2017 Jan 19, 2017 Thursday, January 19 2017 Thursday, January 19, 2017 4:53:42 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department responded to a shots fired incident near Quail Drive Thursday afternoon. According to... More >>
7 hours ago January 19, 2017 Jan 19, 2017 Thursday, January 19 2017 Thursday, January 19, 2017 4:25:00 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit challenging Missouri regulations limiting how alcohol producers and... More >>
8 hours ago January 19, 2017 Jan 19, 2017 Thursday, January 19 2017 Thursday, January 19, 2017 3:50:31 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Missouri senator says the state shouldn't be investing in Russia, and she has filed a... More >>
8 hours ago January 19, 2017 Jan 19, 2017 Thursday, January 19 2017 Thursday, January 19, 2017 3:44:00 PM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The man who was the face of Ferguson, Missouri, in the turmoil that followed the 2014... More >>
9 hours ago January 19, 2017 Jan 19, 2017 Thursday, January 19 2017 Thursday, January 19, 2017 2:47:32 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - New research from the University of Missouri School of Social work called for more attention to advanced directives,... More >>
9 hours ago January 19, 2017 Jan 19, 2017 Thursday, January 19 2017 Thursday, January 19, 2017 2:40:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A bill prohibiting mandatory union fees in workplaces is moving to the Missouri Senate after winning... More >>
9 hours ago January 19, 2017 Jan 19, 2017 Thursday, January 19 2017 Thursday, January 19, 2017 2:36:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Airport, trucking and business officials all are urging Missouri lawmakers to change state driver's license laws... More >>
9 hours ago January 19, 2017 Jan 19, 2017 Thursday, January 19 2017 Thursday, January 19, 2017 2:24:06 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Kansas City-area investigators are searching for a missing college student from Wichita who hasn't been seen... More >>
9 hours ago January 19, 2017 Jan 19, 2017 Thursday, January 19 2017 Thursday, January 19, 2017 2:15:54 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — The city of Ferguson, Missouri, is appealing a federal jury's $3 million award to the family... More >>
9 hours ago January 19, 2017 Jan 19, 2017 Thursday, January 19 2017 Thursday, January 19, 2017 2:08:00 PM CST in News
MOUNT VERNON (AP) — A southwest Missouri fa rmer who was charged in a fork loader assault has pleaded guilty... More >>
9 hours ago January 19, 2017 Jan 19, 2017 Thursday, January 19 2017 Thursday, January 19, 2017 2:00:50 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - A new report released by the Missouri Women's Foundation Thursday shows a need for policy changes to improve... More >>
11 hours ago January 19, 2017 Jan 19, 2017 Thursday, January 19 2017 Thursday, January 19, 2017 12:28:00 PM CST in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 46°
12am 45°
1am 44°
2am 44°
3am 44°