Shawnee County Health Agency begins offering flu shots

In this Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 file photo, a woman receives a flu vaccine shot at a community fair in Brownsville, Texas. On Wednesday, June 21, 2017, U.S. health officials released new estimates showing the previous winter’s flu vaccine was ineffective in protecting older Americans against the illness, even though the vaccine was well-matched to the flu bugs going around. (2016 file photograph/The Associated Press)

The Shawnee County Health Agency on Monday began offering flu shots on a walk-in basis during regular business hours at its immunization clinic at 2115 S.W. 10th Ave.

 

No appointment is needed to receive one of the shots, which protect against four common strands of seasonal flu, the agency announced in a news release.

The shots cost $30 each. Cash, checks, major credit cards, many insurance plans and some medical spending cards will be accepted for payment.

The agency recommends that everyone 6 months and older receive a seasonal flu shot.

The shot causes antibodies to develop in the body. Those antibodies provide protection against infection from the flu virus, the health department news release said.

The clinic is open from 8 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays; and 8 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays.

For more information, call the health department at (785) 251-5605.

Contact reporter Tim Hrenchir at (785) 295-1184 or @timhrenchir on Twitter.

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