The Lawrence County Health Department now has flu vaccine available for children ages six months to 18 years who reside in Lawrence County.
The vaccine and nasal mist protect against A/H1N1 (pandemic) influenza, A/H3N2 influenza and influenza B.
Vaccinations are available free of charge to children Who live in Lawrence County. There is a $10 charge for children residing outside of Lawrence County.
Vaccinations are available from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and from 4 to 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month.
Children 9 years of age and younger who have never received a flu vaccine should receive two doses this year, separated by one month. Children who received the 2009 H1N1 (pandemic) influenza vaccine or had pandemic flu in 2009 should still get the 2010-11 seasonal influenza vaccine.
Influenza and its complications are the leading cause of death for children age 4 years and younger.
Health department officials are still expecting to receive the adult flu vaccine shipment. Injections will be $15 this year, and there will be clinics held in several cities in Lawrence County once those vaccines become available.
For more information, contact the Lawrence County Health Department at 417-466-2201.