It is 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 Anton Kosov, M.D., an internal medicine physician at Lake Regional Clinic - Laurie. “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 $26; the high-dose vaccine (recommended only for seniors 65 years and older) is $65. Medicare and most insurance plans cover the cost. Children must be at least 7 years old to receive a pharmacy flu shot.
Scheduled appointments are preferred, but walk-ins will be accepted. Eldon, Camdenton, and Lake Ozark Pharmacies are drive-through only, therefore, patients who are walk-ins will need to call the pharmacy upon their arrival to request a flu shot.
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, Eldon or Lebanon clinic location. Flexible payment options are available, including invoice billing and clinic vouchers. 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.
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 specialty care, including cancer care, heart care and orthopedics. Plus, Lake Regional operates primary care clinics, Express Care clinics, rehab therapy clinics, programs for home health and hospice, and retail pharmacies. To learn more, visit lakeregional.com.