SPRINGFIELD, Mo.- Flu season has officially begun, so the Springfield-Greene County Health Department advises that you get your flu shot soon.
So far three cases of flu have been reported in Greene County.
The Health Department says the months with the most flu activity in Springfield tend to be from January to March. The CDC recommends you get your flu shot before the end of October.
Health Department officials offer these reminders about getting vaccinated:
- Everyone over the age of six months is recommended to be vaccinated.
- Flu vaccine will protect against the most common flu viruses expected to circulate this year.
- Even if you got vaccinated last year, it is important to get vaccinated again this year to protect from changing flu viruses.
- Talk to your doctor before the vaccine if you are pregnant or have any health concerns.
The first free flu clinic in Greene County kicked off today. Uninsured adults can get a flu vaccine for no cost from the Springfield Flu Coalition. You can attend one of the remaining clinics offered below:
- Sunday, Oct. 22 from 1-3 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1609 N. Summit Ave.
- Sunday, Oct. 22 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at South Fremont Freewill Baptist & Korean Church, 4547 S. Fremont Ave.
- Tuesday, Oct. 24 from 3-7 p.m. at Hand-in-Hand Multicultural Center, 1436 W. Hovey.
- Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 9-11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1609 N. Summit Ave.
- Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 4-6 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 600 S. Jefferson Ave.
- Wednesday, Nov. 1 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. at the Salvation Army, 1707 W. Chestnut Expwy.
Also a flu clinic for those 12 and older will be held in the Walgreens at Jordan Valley on Oct. 18 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Walgreens is located at 440 E. Tampa.