It's not too early to get a flu shot, according to bi-county health officials. Area residents can fight the flu by getting their shot at either the Barry or Lawrence county health departments.
Carol Landstad, public health program coordinator at the Barry County Health Department, reported that the local health department received 2,000 doses of the flu vaccine. Around 1,900 doses are still available.
"It is not too soon to get your flu shot," said Landstad. "The vaccinations just shipped earlier this year, because there were no flu delays or manufacturing problems. We have vaccinations for children and adults available."
Flu shots will be administered at the Monett office on Highway 37 south from 8 a.m. to 5 pm. Monday through Friday. The Cassville office will also offer flu shots during the same days and time. No appointments are necessary. Vaccinations are available to anyone who is 6 months of age or older. The cost for the flu vaccine is $20. The health department will accept Medicare.
The Lawrence County Health Department is offering the flu vaccine free to children age 6 months to 18 who reside in Lawrence County. There will be a $10 charge for shots administered to out-of-county children. Both flu shots and flue mist (nasal spray) are available.
Vaccinations are available at the health department, located at 105 W. North St., 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.
For more information, call the Lawrence County Health Department at 417-466-2201.
For information on the shots offered by the Barry County Health Department, call 235-8686 in Monett or 417-847-2114 in Cassville.
Landstad also reported that the state has decreased the number of different types of vaccines that will be available to health departments. The change was made due to funding cuts.