Posted: Oct 1, 2013 6:20 PM by Hailee Hopkins, KOMU 8 Reporter
Updated: Oct 1, 2013 11:23 PM
STURGEON - The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services administered over 200 flu vaccinations to the Sturgeon community Tuesday night.
Sturgeon Elementary School hosted the clinic to provide free seasonal flu vaccinations to all children ages six months through 18 years of age. Shots cost $25 for adults 19 and over.
"We are very lucky to have the cost of the flu shot, Pre-K through our seniors in high school covered through a very generous donation by the University of Missouri hospital and clinics and the David B. Lichtenstein Foundation," said Sturgeon Elementary's lead nurse Mary Wolf. She added, "Free is always good."
Sturgeon was the first of five rural towns to host a flu shot clinic.
"I got a flu shot to keep myself healthy, to keep my family healthy, and to help keep our school environment healthy," said Sturgeon High School Principal, Greg Buescher.
Wolf said there is a push to get the flu vaccine early this year.
"It's important to get vaccinated for the flu so that you yourself do not become infected with the flu, but in addition, the more individuals that receive the vaccination means there's less transmission in flu," said Wolf.
The next clinic will be held October 10 from 3:30 - 6 p.m. at the Centralia Intermediate School.