News from City Hall
City of Kansas City, Mo.
City Communications Office
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 9, 2011
Health Department to open flu shot clinic on Monday
The City of Kansas City, Mo., will begin providing flu vaccinations for adults at the Health Department, 2400 Troost Ave., on Monday, Sept. 12. Flu shots will be available during regular clinic hours from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and from 8 a.m. to noon on Thursdays.
The Health Department will bill Medicare Part B or Medicaid on behalf of those who provide proof of coverage. All others will be charged $20 per shot. Cash and credit cards only will be accepted for payment. Those with other insurance providers that cover flu vaccination will need to go to their primary care physician or their regular clinic to receive vaccine.
Due to Federal and State budget cuts, the Health Department will not receive nor provide free flu vaccines for uninsured or underinsured adults this year. Adults who are uninsured or underinsured should purchase flu vaccine.
“Getting a flu shot is the single best way to prevent the flu or decrease the length and severity of symptoms,” said Dr. Rex Archer, director of the Health Department. “Those who are vaccinated against the flu are far less likely to spread the flu to their family or friends.”
The Health Department has not yet received vaccine for children. Nasal flu vaccine will not be available this year through the Health Department.
More information on flu shot clinics may be found at the Health Department webpage, www.kcmo.org/health.
Media inquiries on this topic should be directed to Jeff Hershberger, public information officer, 816-840-2548 (pager). Follow the Health Department on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, www.facebook.com/kcmohealthdept, www.twitter.com/kcmohealthdept and www.youtube.com/user/kcmohealthdept.