Where to Get Vaccinated

In an effort to provide protection from the seasonal flu, there were two types of flu clinics for at-risk individuals in Springfield this year. The Springfield-Greene County Health Department’s clinics focus on children and pregnant women, while the Springfield Flu Coalition clinics focus on uninsured adults.

People who are covered by insurance plans, including Medicare, should contact their health care provider or consider getting vaccinated at a retail location.

Children, Pregnant Women and New Parents
The Springfield-Greene County Health Department offers flu vaccine only to people who fall into these three categories:
  • Children ages 6 months to 18 years old 
  • Pregnant women 
  • People who are in close contact with babies under 6 months old (because they cannot receive the vaccine themselves) 
If you fall into one of the previous three categories and you live in Greene County, you can receive a flu vaccine at no charge by calling the Health Department’s Westside Public Health Center at (417) 874-1220 to schedule an appointment.

Walk-in hours at the Westside Public Health Center are from 7:30 to 10 a.m. on Tuesdays only. The Center is located at 660 S. Scenic Ave. If you are in one of the previously mentioned categories but live outside of Greene County, you can get vaccinated for a cost of $15 per dose.

Adults Without Health Insurance
The Springfield Flu Immunization Coalition conducts adult seasonal flu shot clinics. Those clinics were conducted in October. The best option for adults without insurance through the rest of the flu season is at retail locations such as drug stores or Wal-Mart clinics for a small fee. Use Flu.gov to find locations. Remember: It's never too late to get a flu shot.

Springfield Public Schools students
SPS, in cooperation with Jordan Valley Community Health Center, and with support from CoxHealth, Mercy, and the Springfield -Greene County Health Department, offers seasonal flu vaccine to any student free of charge, as supply allows. Students who need a flu shot should consult with their school nurse.

Getting a Shot
If you have health insurance, talk to your health care provider or visit one of the many retail locations offering flu vaccine. Enter your ZIP Code at Flu.gov to find locations.