Department of Public Health to Provide Free Flu Shots

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COLUMBIA - Flu season can begin as early as October, according to the Center for Disease Control, and Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services is taking steps to prevent the spread of the virus.

The department will be setting up flu vaccination clinics across Boone County, beginning October first. Vaccination will be free for all children age six months through 18 years. For adults age 19 and older, the injectable vaccine is $25. FluMist®, a quadrivalent vaccine designed to protect against four strains of the flu virus, is also $25 and can be given to healthy, non-pregnant people age two through 49 years. The department does not accept debit or credit cards but will take cash, checks and a variety of insurance plans, including: Medicaid, Medicare Part B, Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, CIGNA, Coventry, Humana, Medicare Railroad, UMWA and United Healthcare.

The vaccine will be available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the department's clinic, 1005 West Worley Street in Columbia. Clinics will also be held at the following locations and times:

 Sturgeon Elementary School, 210 W Patton Street Tuesday, October 1 3:30-6 p.m.

Centralia Intermediate School, 510 S Rollins Street Thursday, Oct 10 3:30-6 p.m.

Hallsville High School, 6401 Missouri 124 Thursday , Oct 17 3:30-6 p.m.

Ashland Primary School, 809 S. Henry Clay Blvd Thursday, Oct 24 3-6 p.m.

Harrisburg Community Room Tuesday, October 29 3:30-6 p.m.

No appointment is necessary.