STURGEON - Free flu shots for all children will be available at Sturgeon Elementary School Tuesday from 3:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services began giving out free flu vaccines to anyone between the ages of 6 months and 18 years old on Monday.
Sturgeon is the first of five rural towns to have a day for free flu shots. The other towns that will host a flu shot clinic are:
- Oct. 10: Centralia, Centralia Intermediate School, 510 S Rollins St
- Oct. 17: Hallsville, Hallsville High School, 6401 Missouri 124
- Oct. 24: Ashland, Ashland Primary School, 809 S. Henry Clay Blvd
- Oct. 29: Harrisburg, Harrisburg Community Room
"We're a city and county health department," Andrea Waner of the health department said. "Not only do we serve the residents of Columbia, we want to make sure we are serving the residents of Boone County, also."
Sturgeon residents are thankful they don't have to drive to Columbia for vaccinations.
"It's convenient," Sturgeon resident Erin Harris said. "It's a thirty-minute drive [to Columbia], not to mention the wait at the doctor."
"The big benefit is that parents can have their kids get a flu shot here at school," district curriculum director Jeff Carr said. "They don't have to make a special appointment at their doctor or the health department."