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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 23, 2005

Flu shot clinic opens Oct. 3

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Health Department will provide flu vaccinations for high-risk adults 19 and older beginning Oct. 3 until the supply is depleted.

The flu shots will be given at the Health Department building, 2400 Troost Ave. The Immunizations Clinic is open from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Information about community outreach clinics will be announced when details are finalized. These services are only for Missouri residents with proof of residency.

Beginning Oct. 24, the vaccination will be available to the general population. To ensure that people who are at highest risk of complications from influenza have access to vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that only certain priority groups receive inactivated influenza vaccine (the flu shot) prior to Oct. 24. People who fall into these groups are asked to bring a prescription bottle or other proof of their high-risk status. The priority groups include:

    People 65 years old and older

    Residents of long-term care facilities

    People 19-64 years old with chronic health conditions

    Pregnant women

    Health care personnel who provide direct patient care

    Household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of children less than 6 months old.

In a change from previous years, the cost for the flu shot is $25. The discounted cost is $15 for those enrolled in Medicaid, and free to those eligible for Medicare. Payment must be made with credit cards or cash. No checks will be accepted.

The Health Department’s influenza hotline will be available beginning Oct. 3, to provide information about other flu clinics offered in the metropolitan area. The hotline number is (816) 51 DO FLU, (816) 513-6358. Information can also be accessed through the Health Department’s Web page (www.kcmo.org/health).

    
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