A once-rationed supply of H1N1 flu vaccine is now available to the general public, and Barry County health officials are urging area residents to receive their H1N1 vaccination.
The Barry County Health Department will be hosting an H1N1 flu vaccination clinic on Thursday, Dec. 17 from 3 to 7 p.m. at its Monett and Cassville offices.
"Anyone who would like to receive the vaccine may do so at this time," said Kathleen King, Barry County Health Department administrator. "We also have a small amount of seasonal vaccine for those most at risk for complications from influenza."
The Old Town Pharmacy in Monett is also administering the H1N1 vaccine to anyone over 12 years of age, and Cox Monett Hospital is partnering with the health department to offer free H1N1 flu shots on Friday, Dec. 18 from 8 a.m. to noon in the hospital's main lobby. Like the Dec. 17 clinic, these shots will be administered on a walk-in basis.
Although there appears to be a lull in the flu outbreak cycle, the season will last for several more months and people are encouraged to get vaccinated now against the H1N1 virus.
There is no cost to receive the H1N1 vaccine through the local health department. People with egg allergies are the only ones not eligible to receive the vaccine.
Health officials continue to urge residents to practice good handwashing, proper cough etiquette and to stay home when sick.