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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 13, 2010

City to offer special flu shot clinic Saturday, Oct. 16

The City of Kansas City, Mo., will provide a special flu shot clinic at the City’s Health Department, 2400 Troost Ave., on Saturday, Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Flu vaccine will be available for those three years and older on a first-come, first-served basis.

“This year’s flu shot protects against both H1N1 and several other strains of flu virus already infecting people this year,” said Dr. Rex Archer, director of the Health Department. “Remember, getting a flu shot doesn’t just protect you, it helps protect everyone around you.”

The Health Department will bill Medicare Part B or Missouri Medicaid on behalf of those who are eligible and show proof of coverage. Anyone not eligible for these programs will be charged $20. Cash and credit cards only will be accepted for payment during the clinic. Those with other insurance providers covering flu vaccination will need to work with their provider for reimbursement.

"Making these flu shots available to residents who may have no other medical options is good for the health of Kansas City," said Mayor Mark Funkhouser. "I urge residents to evaluate their own needs and take advantage of this opportunity if it makes sense for them."

Flu viruses are constantly changing. Each flu season, different flu viruses can spread and affect people differently based on their bodies’ ability to fight infection. Getting a flu shot is the best way to prevent the flu or decrease the length and severity of symptoms.

For more information on flu vaccine, visit the Health Department website, www.kcmo.org/health.

Media inquiries on this topic should be directed to Bill Snook, 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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