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Health Department to offer flu shots for qualifying children starting Monday

The City of Kansas City, Mo., will begin providing free flu vaccinations for children who qualify for the federal Vaccine for Children program at the Health Department, 2400 Troost Ave., on Monday, Sept. 26. Flu shots will be available during regular clinic hours from 8-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays.

The Vaccine for Children program provides free flu shots for children ages two through 18 who do not have insurance or whose insurance does not cover flu vaccinations. Those with insurance providers that cover flu vaccination will need to go to their primary care physician or their regular clinic to receive vaccine.

Getting a flu shot is the single best way to prevent the flu or decrease the length and severity of symptoms. Those who are vaccinated against the flu are far less likely to spread the flu to their family or friends.

More information on flu shot clinics may be found at the Health Department webpage,

Media inquiries on this topic should be directed to Jeff Hershberger, public information officer, at 816-840-2548 (pager). Follow the Health Department on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube,, and


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