COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri marked the halfway point through its "Fight the Flu" campaign Wednesday to encourage faculty, staff, students, dependents 12 and over, and retired employees to get flu shots. Those with an MU Health Care plan can receive their shot free of charge with proof of insurance. All others will be charged $15 to receive the shot.
The university isn't the only location flu shots are available. Those with Medicare or Medicaid can get a flu shot for free at the Columbia/Boone County Health Department on Worley Street in Columbia. Those with private insurance can get flu shots at local doctors' offices. The flu shot vaccination is also available at local pharmacies like HyVee, Gerbes or Walmart. The shots cost anywhere between $15-30 if paid for with cash.
"What we see in students if they do get a bad case of the flu, then they are out of classes for sometimes up to a week," said Deneal Sullivan, Director of Clinical Operations at MU Student Health. "There are a lot of myths out there about the flu shot. Some people actually think they can get the flu by getting a flu shot and that's not true. Other people feel like they never get sick, therefore they don't need to get the flu shot that maybe the case, but once you've had the flu your usually a believer in getting the flu shot every year after that."
MU is administering flu shots in Columbia, Kansas City, Rolla and St. Louis during the months of October and November. For a complete list of locations and times see the embedded PDFs below.
MU Student Health Center Video promoting flu vaccination.