While most area residents are focusing their attention on the H1N1 virus, the regular seasonal flu season is getting ready to begin.
In response, the Barry County Health Department, with offices in Monett and Cassville, has begun offering the seasonal flu vaccine on a walk-in basis.
|The $15 cost for the vaccine has not increased, and like last year, there is no shortage of the vaccine.|
Senior citizens with Medicare Part B will need to bring their card with them when they get the flu shot, and those with Advantage Plan or Premier Plus will need to be prepared to pay for the vaccine at the time of the visit. Reimbursement will be handled by the insurance company.
"This vaccine is not the new H1N1 vaccine," said Kathleen King, health department administrator. "This vaccine is the regular seasonal flu vaccine and is available to anyone who wishes immunization."
King said area residents are also encouraged to check with their private medical providers to see if the vaccine is available through their offices.
The vaccine will be administered at both the Monett and Cassville offices. The Monett office, located on Highway 37, is open from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Cassville office, located at 65 Main St., is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Residents do not need an appointment to receive the seasonal flu shot. King reminds individuals that shots are provided on a walk-in basis.
For more information, call the health department office in Monett at 354-8686.