The Kansas City, Missouri Health Department is offering flu vaccinations for both adults and children! The KCMO Health Department located at 2400 Troost Ave. Flu shots are available during regular clinic hours from 8am – 11:30am and 1pm – 4pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and from 8am to noon on Thursdays (except holidays). There is a full list of our programs and their hours of operation listed as well.
For adults needing a flu vaccine: The Health Department will bill Medicare Part B, Medicaid, and most other insurance plans for those that provide proof of coverage. We have limited flu vaccines for adults with no insurance coverage, these will be given at no cost. All others will be charged $30.00 per shot or $55.00 for the high-dose formulation (very limited quantities; available to seniors 65 years and older).
For Children needing the flu vaccine: Children that qualify under the Federal Vaccine for Children (VFC) program will receive vaccine provided through that program. For children covered under private insurance, the Health Department will bill with proper proof of coverage; otherwise, the fee will be $30.00. Cash and credit cards only will be accepted for payment. Registration for the clinic closes 30 minutes before the clinic does, so please do not wait till the end of a shift to arrive, or we may not be able to assist you during that shift.
It is vital for you to get vaccinated if you can to help protect those around you, especially those too young to be vaccinated and those with challenged immune systems. That includes people who:
- are fighting cancer, diabetes or HIV,
- have recently had surgery, or
- have other infections or illnesses.
No vaccine is 100 percent effective; however, those who get vaccinated and still get the flu typically have far milder symptoms, for a much shorter period of time.
Because of that fact, getting vaccinated is only one tool in the arsenal for fighting the flu. The best way to prevent or slow the spread of flu is get vaccinated and wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water. If you do get sick, stay home if you can, and cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow (like Dracula with his cape) or a tissue.
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