It's flu season again. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, everyone 6 months of age and older should 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 the influenza virus, which is a 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, 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 $35; the high-dose trivalent vaccine is $65. 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 offers flu shots for $35 at the Osage Beach Health Fair, scheduled from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Elks Lodge, 5161 Osage Beach Parkway. 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, or Lake Regional Occupational Medicine will come to the business to provide vaccines on site. 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. To schedule a flu shot clinic or for more information, employers should contact Occupational Medicine clinic manager Rachel Bailey at 573.348.8045.
Lake Regional Health System provides comprehensive health care services to the residents and visitors of the lake area. The hospital is a three-time recipient of the Missouri Quality Award. Lake Regional also operates primary care, specialty care, walk-in care and rehabilitation therapy clinics, as well as retail pharmacies and home health services throughout the lake area.