(updated October 8th)
What you Need to Know:
- When and where can I get it? Beginning Monday, September 30, all healthy, non-pregnant people age 6 months and older can purchase flu vaccine (nasal spray or the shot) at our clinic, 1005 West Worley in Columbia, without an appointment, Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Our nurses will also vaccinate kids in preschool through 8th grade at all of Boone County's public schools as well as several private schools who have chosen to participate in our school-based flu clinic program.
The school-based flu clinics will likely start in October. Please check your child's backpack for communication from your school nurse on the date and time of your child's clinic. For up-to-date flu announcements, follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter (@CoMo_HealthDept).
- What can I get? We will offer FluMist® (the nasal spray) and injectible vaccines in several different forms: the "regular" flu shot (given in the arm muscle), the "intradermal" flu vaccine (a small needle that goes into the skin, not all the way to the muscle) and the "high dose" flu vaccine (for persons age 65 and older). Please note that FluMist® is for healthy, non-pregnant people between the ages of 2 and 49. If you have specific questions about our vaccine supply, please call 573-874-7356 for vaccine availability.
- What does it cost?
Kids age 6 months thru 18 years -
Thanks to our generous sponsors, flu shots and FluMist® are FREE for all children. This year's flu program is funded by University of Missouri Children's Hospital and the David B. Lichtenstein Foundation.
Adults age 19 and older -
All adult flu vaccine is $25.
We accept cash, check, credit cards and these insurance plans: Medicaid, Medicare Part B, AARP Secure Horiz, Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, BCBS Federal, BCBS Kansas City, CIGNA, Coventry, First Health, Golden Rule, Great West-CIGNA, HealthLink, Humana, Mail Handlers, Medicare Railroad, Multiplan, Three Rivers, UMR, UMWA and United Healthcare. Please bring your insurance card.
- Why does my Medicare statement say I got my flu vaccine from VaxCare in Orlando, Florida?
If your Medicare statement says you got the flu vaccine from "VaxCare" in Orlando, Florida...don't worry...it's legitimate. We contracted with VaxCare to provide our vaccine this year, which means they actually bill Medicare for the vaccine. If you have questions, please call 874-7356, but don't worry, it's not a fraudulent claim.
What do I need to bring with me? If you have an insurance plan that we accept (see list, above), please bring your card. At the health department, you will be required to complete a flu consent form and read the Vaccine Information Statement:
- Vaccine Information Statements
Learn more about the flu and this year's flu vaccine from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Questions? Email us at flu@GoColumbiaMO.com