The public can get a flu shot as well as a booster to protect themselves from tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough at a community flu vaccination clinic next month.
The Phelps/Maries County Health Department will offer the clinic at the Rolla Lions Club Den in Lions Club Park off South Highway 63 Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This clinic will provide drive-up vaccinations for clients with limited mobility.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age or older be vaccinated against the flu.
The vaccine is available early this year and no shortages are anticipated.
The health department is offering FluMist, the nasal spray vaccine for healthy non-pregnant people who are 2 to 49 years of age and a preservative-free adult and pediatric injectable including adult high-dose injectable for people 65 years and older.
The FluZone intradermal flu vaccination is available again this year. This gives patients the flu vaccine with a tiny needle that is 90 percent smaller than the needles regularly used.
The cost for the vaccination is $30 for FluMist or adult/pediatric injectable and intradermal and $45 for adult high-dose if a client is self-paying and not billing their insurance.
Accepted methods of payment are cash or check, A Mastercard Visa or Discover credit or debit card, Medicaid/Medicare and insurance coverage. Call the health department at 573-458-6010 or 1-800-301-4942 for questions about insurance being accepted.
Receipts can be provided for self-payers who need to submit the fee to their insurance company for reimbursement.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Vaccine for Children Program (VFC) provides injectable flu vaccine for children, age 6 months to 18 years and FluMist for healthy 2- to 18-year-olds, who are eligible for Medicaid or who are uninsured. There is a $10 administration fee for uninsured children.
The health department also is currently giving flu vaccinations in the health office located on the ground floor of the Phelps County Courthouse, 200 N. Main St., Rolla, Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
To get the latest on flu vaccine clinics and availability, call the Phelps/Maries County flu information line at 573-458-6057.
Tdap booster available
The health department is advising people to get the flu shot to protect themselves and their families and to get a Tdap booster to protect children.
Also, at the community flu clinic, the health department is also offering free tetanus/diphtheria/whooping cough (Tdap) boosters for adults.
Currently 12 states (including Missouri) have high rates of whooping cough illness. In Texas, more than 2,000 are ill and there have been reports of two infants who have died. Most children are exposed to whooping cough by the adults around them.
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