Ready or not, it’s flu season again. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourages everyone 6 months of age and older to get a flu vaccine.
“Now is the time to get vaccinated from the flu,” said Denise Dickens, R.N., MSN, Lake Regional Health System’s infection prevention specialist. “It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against influenza, a serious respiratory virus that causes fever, cough, sore throat, headache, muscle aches and fatigue.”
Lake Regional makes vaccination easy with several opportunities to get a flu shot.
At Lake Regional Primary Care Clinics
All eight Lake Regional primary care clinics — Camdenton, Eldon, Iberia, Lake Ozark, Laurie, Lebanon, Macks Creek and Osage Beach — provide flu shots for established patients during regular office hours. Scheduled appointments are preferred.
The clinics provide flu shots as a nurse visit. Children must be at least 12 years old or have prior approval from their primary care provider for a nurse-administered vaccination.
At Lake Regional Pharmacy
Lake Regional Pharmacy offers flu shots at each of its five locations: Camdenton, Eldon, Lake Ozark, Laurie and Osage Beach. The quadrivalent vaccine is $22; the high-dose trivalent vaccine is $60. Medicare and most insurance plans cover the cost. High-dose is recommended only for seniors 65 years and older. Children must be at least 12 years old to receive a pharmacy flu shot.
Lake Regional Pharmacy also will offer both flu vaccines at the Osage Beach Health Fair, scheduled from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Elks Lodge, 5161 Osage Beach Parkway. The prices will be the same as in the pharmacies, and Medicare will be billed for eligible participants.
At Lake Regional Occupational Medicine
Lake Regional Occupational Medicine offers flu vaccination services for area employers. Businesses can send employees to either the Osage Beach or Lebanon clinic location. Flexible payment options are available, including direct bill, insurance billing and cash payments. Also, small businesses may use vouchers to send employees to the clinic. For more information, contact Occupational Medicine clinic manager Rachel Bailey at 573.348.8045.
For more information on the flu, including tips for preventing and treating it, visit www.lakeregional.com/flu.
Lake Regional Health System provides comprehensive health care services to residents and visitors throughout the mid-Missouri region. The hospital is a Level II Stroke Center, Level II STEMI (heart attack) Center and Level III Trauma Center. Lake Regional also provides a wide range of specialists, including for cancer care, heart care, orthopedics and women’s health. Plus, Lake Regional operates primary care clinics, Express Care clinics, rehab therapy clinics, programs for home health and hospice, and retail pharmacies.