Fall weather brings lots of nice things, but the flu isn’t one of them.
To insure you and your children are well protected, Mercy Clinic Fort Scott will host a walk-in flu shot clinic on Wednesday, September 27 from 6:30 a.m. to 1p.m. in suite A.
The clinic accepts most insurance. If the patient is a Medicare patient, Medicare will allow the cost of the shot to be billed once per influenza season. The cash price for the flu vaccine is $25.
“Get your flu shot as soon as it's available to get the most out of it,” said Michelle Bruner, Mercy Clinic director. “Each year, the influenza virus may change slightly so you need a new shot each season.”
The vaccine needs about two weeks to form the antibodies that will protect you from the specific strains through the next flu season, so the sooner you get the shot the longer you are protected.
"The most effective way to ward off the flu is to get your flu shot and wash your hands frequently," says Mary Wynn, Mercy’s infection control nurse.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends that everyone six months and older should get a flu shot each season, and it is especially important for adults over 50, people in nursing homes or with chronic diseases and those who might transmit flu to any of these high-risk groups.
Walk-in flu shots are also available at Mercy Convenient Care located at 1624 S. National.
For more information, call Mercy Clinic at 620-223-8040.