Public Health and Human Services to host flu clinics

3 years 8 months 2 weeks ago Friday, October 03 2014 Oct 3, 2014 Friday, October 03, 2014 5:24:00 PM CDT October 03, 2014 in News
By: Tori Chamberlain, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services will hold community flu clinics throughout Boone County this fall. Community flu clinics are open to anyone. No appointment is needed; walk-ins are welcome. This year's schedule includes:

Centralia:

  • Intermediate School, 510 S. Rollins St.
  • Thursday, October 16
  • 3:30-6 pm

 

Ashland:

  • Primary School, 809 S. Henry Clay Blvd
  • Thursday, October 23
  • 3:30-6 pm

Harrisburg:

  • Community Room
  • Thursday, October 28
  • 3:30-6 pm

Thanks to generous support from MU Children's Hospital and the David B. Lichtenstein Foundation, we can provide free seasonal flu vaccine (injectable and FluMist®) to all children age six months through 18 years. For adults age 19 and older, cost of the injectable vaccine is $25. FluMist® is also $25 and can be given to healthy, non-pregnant people age two through 49 years. Both forms of the vaccine are quadrivalent vaccines designed to protect against four strains of the flu virus. We accept cash, checks, and can bill a variety of insurances. Receipts can be given upon request. We cannot accept debit or credit cards at the community flu clinics.

Flu vaccine is also available Monday - Friday from 8 am - 4:30 pm at the department's clinic, located at 1005 West Worley in Columbia. No appointment is needed; walk-ins are welcome.

According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), more than 1,500 Missourians died from the flu and/or pneumonia during the 2013-14 flu season. "Getting a flu vaccine every year is your best protection against the flu," Public Health and Human Services Director, Stephanie Browning, said. "We encourage anyone over the age of six months to be vaccinated, especially if you have chronic medical conditions, are over the age of 65, or will spend time around a newborn during flu season. "

Over a 31-yaer period, flu-associated deaths nationwide have ranged from about 3,000 to 49,000 each year. For more information on the flu, visit the CDC's website

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