From staff reports
CARTHAGE, Mo. —
The Jasper County Health Department plans flu vaccine clinics at various sites for residents of the county, including those inside the city limits of Joplin.
The cost is $15. Payment may be by cash, check, Medicare Part B or Medicaid only. No supplemental insurance will be billed. Participants should wear a short-sleeve shirt.
The clinics are for those 3 and older. A preservative-free vaccine will not be available at the clinics.
On Wednesday, clinics will be put on from 8 to 9 a.m. at Alba City Hall, 11 E. High St.; from 10 to 11 a.m. at Oronogo City Hall, 653 E. Central St.; from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Carl Junction City Hall, 303 N. Main St.; and from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Webb City First Baptist Church, 102 N. Roane St.
On Friday, clinics will be staged from 8 to 9 a.m. at Duenweg City Hall, 118 Webb St.; from 10 to 11 a.m. at Duquesne City Hall, 1501 S. Duquesne Road; from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. at Avilla School, 400 Sarcoxie St.; and from 3 to 4 p.m. at Jasper United Methodist Church, 122 N. First St.
On Monday, Oct. 15, a clinic will be in operation from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Gene Taylor Community Center in Sarcoxie.
On Thursday, Oct. 18, an appointment-only clinic will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Jasper County Health Department, 105 Lincoln St., Carthage. To make an appointment, people may call 417-358-3111.
Local public health officials say there should be no shortage of flu vaccine this year. Almost 73 million doses of vaccine had been distributed in the United States as of Sept. 7, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
It takes 10 days to two weeks after vaccination to develop an immune response. The efficacy of the vaccine does not expire until June of next year.
According to the CDC, about 5 to 20 percent of the population develops influenza each year. This leads to more than 200,000 hospitalizations from related complications. Annual influenza-related deaths can range from 3,000 to 49,000 in the United States.
THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older receive an annual influenza vaccine.