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 Eugenia Banina, M.D., an internal medicine physician at Lake Regional Clinic - Eldon. “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 seven Lake Regional primary care clinics — Camdenton, Eldon, Iberia, Lake Ozark, Laurie, Lebanon and Osage Beach — provide flu shots for established patients during regular office hours. Scheduled appointments are preferred.
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 $25; the high-dose trivalent vaccine (recommended only for seniors 65 years and older) is $60. Walk-ins are welcome.
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. 24, 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 or 417.991.3103.
Learn more about influenza, including treatment tips, at lakeregional.com/flu.