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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 1, 2010

Seasonal flu vaccine clinic opening Sept. 7

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Health Department will begin providing adult seasonal flu vaccines on Tuesday, Sept. 7. The vaccine will be available during regular clinic hours at a cost of $20.

On July 29, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices announced the recommendation that everyone six months of age and older should receive a yearly flu shot. Previously, people with certain health conditions or ages were advised to get their flu shots first.

“You need to get a flu shot this year even if you got the 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine,” said Ron Griffin, manager of the Communicable Disease Prevention and Public Health Preparedness division. “Although this year’s flu shot does protect against H1N1, it also protects against other strains of flu that are already infecting people this year.”

For those who qualify, the Health Department can bill Medicare or Medicaid on their behalf. Flu shots will be available on a first come, first served basis. Clinic hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to noon. The clinic is closed for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.

Flu vaccines provided by the Vaccines for Children Program are not yet available.

For more information on influenza, visit the Health Department's Web page, www.kcmo.org/health.

Media inquiries on this topic should be directed to Jeff Hershberger, Health Department, 816-840-2548 (pager). Follow the Health Department on Facebook and Twitter, www.facebook.com/kcmohealthdept and www.twitter.com/kcmohealthdept.

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