Health Department to offer flu vaccination clinics in area communities in October

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department will offer flu shots in Douglas County communities in October.

The Health Department recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older should get a yearly flu vaccine. Getting the vaccination is the most effective way to avoid getting the flu, a contagious respiratory illness. Influenza can cause mild to severe symptoms and can lead to death.

The community clinics will be in:

• Lecompton — Oct. 6, 10-11:30 a.m., Lecompton United Methodist Church, 402 Elmore St.

• Stull — Oct. 18, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Stull United Methodist Church, 1596 E. 250th Road.

• Baldwin City — Oct. 25, 1-3 p.m., Baldwin City Library, 800 Seventh St.

• Eudora — Oct. 25, 4-6 p.m., Eudora City Hall, 4 E. Seventh St.

The flu shot is $29 for children ages 6 months to 35 months, $36 for those 3 years and older, and $57 for the high-dose vaccine for individuals who are 65 and older. The Health Department accepts private insurance, Medicare Part B, Medicaid and KanCare insurance plans.

The Health Department, 200 Maine St., also offers flu shots on a walk-in basis during clinic hours. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call 843-0721.

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