More flu vaccinations to be available today

Tuesday, November 23, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 9:06 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 3, 2008

The Boone County Health Department will offer flu vaccinations from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at its Columbia clinic to anyone who meets the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s high-risk guidelines.

High-risk candidates include children aged 6 to 23 months, adults 65 or older, women who will be pregnant during flu season, nursing-home residents, health-care workers, those who work with children and anyone with a chronic medical condition.

The health department has received an additional supply of the injected vaccine and can serve about 1,200 people, according to spokeswoman Heather Baer.

The department also offers a limited quantity of the nasal spray FluMist. According to a press release, the spray is as effective as the vaccine injection but is only recommended to healthy people aged 5 to 49 because it contains active strains of the virus.

Baer said younger health-care workers and those working with children are great candidates for the spray.

An injection costs $10 and can be paid through Medicare, Medicaid, cash or check, but cannot be billed to a private insurance company. FluMist is free.

The vaccines will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until the department runs out.

Pneumonia vaccinations are also available for $20 to adults 65 or older or anyone with a doctor’s recommendation.

The Boone County Health Department is located at Worley Street and West Boulevard, 1005 W. Worley St. Call the department at 874-7355 for more information.

Meghan Maskery

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