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