Flu Vaccinations Now Free for Some

9 years 2 weeks 4 days ago Monday, September 27 2010 Sep 27, 2010 Monday, September 27, 2010 7:03:49 PM CDT September 27, 2010 in News
COLUMBIA - Due to changes in state and federal funding, the Columbia Boone County Health Department is able to offer free flu vaccinations to people 18 yards of age or older.

This is the first year for free vaccinations for this age group. The vaccine is also free for people on Medicare and Medicaid. For everyone else, the shot or the spray vaccination is $25.

"This is a day that we set up the building to move people through very quickly for flu vaccinations so we feel like we're going to be able to handle as many people as come through the door," said Genalee Alexander, a spokesperson for the Columbia Boone County Health Department.

The health department isn't the only place offering flu vaccines. Places like Walgreens and Gerbes offer them as well. But no matter where the vaccine is received, health department officials say the results should be the same.

"The makeup of the vaccine that you're going to get here at the health department is the exact same makeup that you would get from Walgreens or your physician's office," said Alexander.

The Health Department held the clinic from 2 pm to 7 pm Monday and will hold it again from 9 am to 1 pm Tuesday.

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