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Greene, Webster County Schedule Flu Shot Clinics

(Springfield, MO) -- As the weather turns, another season of respiratory flu begins.  Flu shot clinics are now scheduled in Greene and Webster Counties.
(Springfield, MO) -- As the weather turns, another season of respiratory flu begins.  In fact, cases have already been confirmed in parts of the Ozarks.

Now, the Springfield-Greene County and Webster County Health Departments announce clinics for adults to receive the season flu vaccine.

The following information is provided in its entirety, by both departments:

Springfield-Greene County:

The Springfield Flu Immunization Coalition will be offering several adult "seasonal" flu shot clinics in November. These vaccinations offer protection against seasonal flu and will include protection against the H1N1 virus. Vaccinations will be available for residents without health insurance.

Residents without insurance who are unable to pay for a flu shot are more likely to forgo vaccination and may have to utilize emergency rooms and clinics to treat flu-related symptoms. These treatment options can often be more costly. By offering flu shots to residents without insurance, the Flu Coalition aims to reduce the spread of flu as well as reduce the costs of treatment associated with flu illness.

Health care workers and individuals with insurance coverage, including those with Medicare, should get their flu shots through employers or physicians.
The Springfield Flu Immunization Coalition's clinics are scheduled throughout the month of November 2011.

The clinics will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. unless otherwise noted. Flu shots will be available at the locations below on a first-come, first-served basis. Neither vouchers nor reservations will be needed this year.

*Wednesday, November 2, 2011 St. Agnes School, 531 S. Jefferson St.
*Thursday, November 3, 2011 Salvation Army, 1707 W. Chestnut Expressway
*Friday, November 4, 2011 Northview Senior Center, 301 E. Talmage
*Monday, November 14, 2011 Crosslines/Council of Churches, 627 N. Glenstone 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Immunizations that are not utilized during the walk-in clinics will be donated to local organizations dedicated to reducing the spread of flu in our community.

 For more information about clinics, call the Influenza hotline 417/874-1228.

Webster County:

Marshfield, MO - The Webster County Health Unit will offer seasonal flu shots to county residents this fall using a variety of delivery methods.

Children who are over 6 months old and are uninsured or on Medicaid can be vaccinated at the Health Unit any Friday, beginning in October. Shots will be free to children and no appointment is necessary.

Adults can also be vaccinated on a walk-in basis each Friday for $25 (cash or check).

Two drive-through vaccination clinics will be held for adults only - one in Marshfield and one in south county. These clinics will allow adults to be vaccinated in the comfort of their own vehicle, without stepping out into the weather or waiting in a long line. Details will be available in October.
The Health Unit will also partner with local providers to offer flu shots to children in grades K - 12 at participating schools in Webster County. Look for more information on this delivery program in the next few weeks.

Businesses can contract with the Health Unit to have staff come and give vaccinations to their employees and spouses on site. Adult vaccinations will be $25 each, and businesses must commit to pay for a minimum of 20 vaccinations. Businesses can call 859-2532 for details.

As clinic dates, times and other details are finalized, information will be recorded on the Webster County Health Unit's Public Health Information Line at 859-2532, option 5. It will also be posted on the Health Unit's website at www.webstercohealth.com  and on the Health Unit's Facebook page.

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