Boone County Lowers Flu Shot Prices

8 years 3 days 22 hours ago Wednesday, December 08 2010 Dec 8, 2010 Wednesday, December 08, 2010 8:16:09 AM CST December 08, 2010 in News

COLUMBIA - The Boone County Department of Public Health announces flu shots will be offered to the public at the price of $15. This new price is lower than the original $25. The health department says the reason for the drop in price is due to a surplus.

Columbia Department of Public Health official Genalee Alexander says the department ordered this year's supply in February. They found out later they would receive funding and shots from the federal government to administer to school children. This led to an abundance of the flu vaccine, and now the department is able to offer it at a lower price.

Bill Morrissey of Kilgore's pharmacy says the city's cheaper vaccine may lead to less foot traffic in his business, but he is ok with that. He says flu shots are more of a service than a money-making item.

Alexander says it is hard to compare demand of the flu shot to last year's H1N1 outbreak.

But Morrissey says demand at Kilgore's is about the same as this time last year, but there is less public inquiry about H1N1.

The $15 flu shots are available to the public Monday-Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm, at The Boone County Department of Public Health, located at 1005 West Worley in Columbia. No appointment is necessary.

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