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Health Dept. encourages early flu shots

Post Date:09/30/2019 9:39 AM

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 30, 2019

Beginning Monday, Sept. 30, the Kansas City, Missouri Health Department will begin offering flu vaccinations to protect residents during the 2019/2020 flu season.
 
Flu shots are available at 2400 Troost Ave. during regular clinic hours. Normal operating hours are:

  • 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays
  • 8 a.m. – Noon on Thursdays

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone 6 months and older receive a flu shot each year, unless they have a severe, life-threatening allergy to the flu vaccine.
 
“October is the best month to get the flu shot. It takes about two weeks after the shot for the body’s antibodies to develop and fight against the flu,” said Tiffany Wilkinson, Division Manager, Communicable Disease Prevention and Public Health Preparedness. “We always hope to have a light flu season in Kansas City. Part of that is for people to get vaccinated early in the fall, before flu season begins.”
 
There will be no out-of-pocket cost for children and adults who are uninsured or under-insured, or those with Medicaid or Medicaid B. Those with Medicare Advantage plans will need to go to their primary care physician to be vaccinated.
 
Most private insurance companies pay the full cost of a flu vaccine, so there should also be no out-of-pocket cost for children and adults with insurance. If the private insurance is not accepted by the department’s system, there will be a fee of $22 for those 6 months to 64-years old. People over 65 who need the high-dose flu shot will be charged $47, if their private insurance does not go through. Find more information on the flu shot at kcmo.gov/health.

Media inquiries should be directed to Michelle Pekarsky, public information officer, 816-719-3610 (cell). Follow the Health Department on Facebook and Twitter.

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