For Immediate Release
Annual, Seasonal Flu Shot Clinics Announced
With flu season approaching, and cases of influenza continuing to be reported in our community, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department announces its seasonal flu shot clinics to begin in early October.
“Getting a seasonal flu shot will be more important than ever this year, because of the continuing spread of H1N1,” says immunization coordinator Leslie Davis, RN. “The seasonal flu shot will not protect you against H1N1, but it will protect against other flu viruses expected to circulate in our community this fall – viruses we know cause approximately 36,000 deaths each year.”
Seasonal flu shots will be offered at no cost to individuals considered to be at high risk for complications from seasonal flu, including
- senior adults age 65 and older,
- adults and children with chronic health conditions,
- children 6 - 59 months old,
- women who will be pregnant during the 2009-2010 influenza season (October – May), and
- household contacts and caregivers of people in these high risk categories.
Clinics will be held on the following dates:
- October 5, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Willard Community Center, 222 W Jackson Street, Willard
- October 8, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Fair Grove City Hall, 81 Orchard Blvd, Fair Grove
- October 12, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Boys and Girls Club Stalnaker Unit, 1410 N Fremont, Springfield
- October 14, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Boy Scouts of America, 1616 S Eastgate Ave, Springfield
- October 15, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Salvation Army, 1707 W Chestnut Expressway, Springfield
Vaccinations will be given on a first come, first served basis. No voucher is necessary. Individuals are encouraged to wear a short-sleeved shirt and bring their Medicare card, if applicable. Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.
H1N1 vaccine is still in clinical trials to test its safety and effectiveness. The first shipments of H1N1 vaccine are expected to reach Springfield in mid- to late October. The health department will provide more information as it becomes available.
In the meantime, the public is encouraged to protect themselves with proven disease prevention methods like good handwashing, keeping a distance from people who are sick, and making healthy lifestyle choices that will boost their immune system. It is also vital that people who are sick stay home until at least 24 hours after their symptoms, including fever, have gone away.
For more information on protection against all types of flu, visit www.springfieldmo.gov/health or call the public health information line at 417-864-1166.
Jaci McReynolds, Public Information Administrator, (417) 874-1205 office, (417) 830-9511 cell