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Flu Shots Available At Health Dept. on Oct. 1

The Douglas County Health Department will be offering the influenza vaccine daily, during regular business hours, on walk-in basis, beginning Oct. 1, from 8 a.m. to noon and 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. They are partnering with VAXCARE to offer the vaccine for $25 per person.
All those with qualifying insurance will be given a receipt to turn in to their insurance company for reimbursement. There is no charge for those with Medicare and/or Medicaid.
A limited amount of flu vaccine has been set aside to give citizens who are uninsured and unable to pay the $25 charge for the shot.
The Douglas County Health Department is located at 603 NW 12th Ave, Building C, Ava, Missouri or you can call for more information at 417-683-4174.
Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness and, at times, can lead to death.
Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.
The upcoming season’s flu vaccine will protect against the three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the season. This includes an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and an influenza B virus.
Flu is a contagious disease that spreads around the United States every winter, usually between October and May. It is caused by the influenza virus, and can be spread by coughing, sneezing, and close contact.  Anyone can get flu, but the risk of getting flu is highest among children and the elderly.
Symptoms come on suddenly and may last several days. They can include:
• fever/chills
• sore throat
• muscle aches
• fatigue
• cough
• headache
• runny or stuffy nose
Flu can also lead to pneumonia, and make existing medical conditions worse. It can cause diarrhea and seizures in children. Each year thousands of people in the United States die from flu, and many more are hospitalized.
Flu vaccine is the best protection we have from flu and its complications. Flu vaccine also helps prevent spreading flu from person to person.