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Flu season has officially begun, and the best method of protection—not to mention one of the easiest—is the flu vaccine.
The reporting of Greene County flu statistics begins next week, as does the start of Springfield Flu Coalition’s no-cost vaccination clinics for uninsured adults. Weekly updates on flu, along with historical information on past seasons, will be posted regularly at health.springfieldmo.gov/flu
Where to get immunized
It’s never been easier to get a flu shot. Local pharmacies, doctors’ office, schools and more offer little or no-cost vaccines at convenient locations across the county.
Additionally, starting Wednesday, October 3, 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:
Why get immunized
The historic 2017-2018 flu season was a deadly epidemic in the United States. In Greene County, 4,681 cases of lab-confirmed flu were recorded. Comparatively, the next-highest recent season, the 2014-2015 flu season, had 2,575 cases recorded in Greene County.
The flu vaccine isn’t always a perfect match for the circulating virus, but the protection the vaccine provides is better than none.
Who should get immunized
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, pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems.
The months with the most flu activity in Springfield tend to be from January to March. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends getting the flu vaccine before the end of October for the best possible protection.
A few reminders about getting vaccinated:
For more information, contact Public Health Information Administrator Kathryn Wall at (417) 874-1205 or email@example.com