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Posted on: October 13, 2017

Oct. 13, 2017 - Flu season has begun. Now is the time to get a flu shot.

Sick woman with a tissue and a thermometer

Flu season has officially begun, and the best method of protection - not to mention one of the easiest – is the flu vaccine.

 

Flu season began this week with the first—and thus far only—reported case of flu in Greene County. Weekly updates, along with historical information on past seasons, will be posted at health.springfieldmo.gov/flu.


Who should get the vaccine

 

Flu vaccinations are strongly recommended for everyone six months of age and older. It is especially important for infants, young children, people 65 and older and people with compromised immune systems. This year, the Center for Disease Control continues to  recommend pregnant women receive the vaccine.

 

The months with the most flu activity in Springfield tend to be from January to March. The CDC recommends getting the flu vaccine before the end of October. A few 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.


Influenza is a serious illness that can lead to hospitalization and even death. The annual flu vaccine is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get the seasonal flu and lessen the chance that you will spread it to others. It takes two weeks for the body to build full immunity to the after the vaccination, which is why getting vaccinated early is important.

 

Where to get immunized

 

Starting Wednesday, October 18th, uninsured adults in Greene County can get a flu vaccine for no cost from the Springfield Flu Coalition—a longstanding partnership between CoxHealth, the Greene County Medical Society, Mercy Springfield and the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, as well as nursing colleges associated with both Cox and Mercy. These clinics are free for uninsured Greene County adult residents only and are available at the following dates and times:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 18, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Crosslines • 615 N. Glenstone Avenue
  • Sunday, Oct. 22, 1-3 p.m. Sacred Heart Catholic Church • 1609 N Summit Avenue
  • Sunday, Oct. 22, 2:30-3:30 p.m.  South Fremont Freewill Baptist & Korean Church • 4547 S. Fremont Ave.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 24, 3 - 7 p.m. Hand-in-Hand Multicultural Center • 1436 W. Hovey
  • Wednesday, Oct. 25, 9 - 11a.m.  Sacred Heart Catholic Church • 1609 N. Summit Avenue
  • Wednesday, Oct. 25, 4 - 6 p.m.  Grace United Methodist Church • 600 S. Jefferson Ave.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 1, 9:30  a.m. - 12:30p.m. and 1 - 2:30 p.m. Salvation Army • 1707 W. Chestnut Expressway


 

A flu clinic for those 12 and older will be held in the Walgreens at Jordan Valley on October 18 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 440 E. Tampa. 

 

Springfield Public Schools, through a partnership with Jordan Valley Community Health Center, Springfield Greene County Health Department, Cox Health and Mercy Springfield, will also have opportunities for students to be vaccinated for free. A full schedule of those opportunities is available here.

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