County Offers Free Flu Shots

9 years 1 day 22 hours ago Wednesday, October 20 2010 Oct 20, 2010 Wednesday, October 20, 2010 10:23:26 PM CDT October 20, 2010 in News

COLUMBIA - The Columbia Boone County Public Health Department said Wednesday it is still offering free flu shot vaccinations to all children under the age of 18.

"It encourages them to get a flu vaccination for their children, because depending if you have multiple children, $25 at your physician, it can get into a lot of money," said Public Health Manager Mary Martin.

The health department is also hosting off-site clinics at local Columbia elementary schools. A $14,000 grant for the vaccinations and off-site clinics comes from the state.

"It was tied to an initiative, and this initiative was to improve immunization delivery in the state, " said Martin.

The off-site and on-site flu vaccinations come in two forms: a mist or injection. Filling out a signature form will give school officials permission to vaccinate the child. It also helps determine whether the child can get the mist or injection vaccination.  This is not only a seasonal flu shot. The shot also includes the H1N1 vaccination. 

"H1N1 is one of the three components in the flu vaccine this year," Martin said.



 

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