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Flu season is just around the corner and the best method of protection—not to mention one of the easiest—is the flu vaccine.
Starting Wednesday, uninsured adults can get flu vaccine 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 the nursing colleges associated with both Cox and Mercy.
These free clinics for uninsured adults only are at the following dates and times:
Seasonal flu vaccinations are strongly recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older. It is especially important for pregnant women, young children, people 65 and older and people with compromised immune systems.
Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. The CDC estimates an average of 36,000 flu-related deaths in the U.S. each year, and about 90 percent of those are people age 65 and older. The annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get seasonal flu and lessen the chance that you will spread it to others.
It takes up to two weeks for the body to build full immunity after vaccination, which is why getting vaccinated early is important. The typical peak flu season in Springfield runs from January through March. The CDC recommends getting your flu shot before the end of October.
Those who are covered by insurance plans, including Medicare, should contact their health care provider. With recent changes to health insurance coverage, more and more preventative measures are required to be covered under most plans. Many large employers offer flu shots to employees at no or low cost. Retail locations such as pharmacies are a growing option, as well. Visit www.flu.gov to find locations in the area.