behaviors are hard to change - exercise, weight loss, and smoking, for example.
One of the easiest health behaviors to practice is getting vaccinated against
flu. It is an easy way for community members to protect themselves and their
families. In most cases, the flu causes mild to moderate illness, but it can
lead to severe illness, and complications can lead to death. Now is the time to protect yourself, as well
as those at higher risk, such as infants and the elderly.
Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu
vaccine every season. You have many
options to obtain a flu vaccination.
Many physician offices, pharmacies, and health departments offer the flu
vaccine, and many insurance companies pay for the injection. The Joplin Health Department has ample flu
vaccine available for our insured clients.
The Joplin Health Department has influenza vaccine for
children and adults. There is no co-pay
for many insurances. Joplin citizens can
call 417-623-6122 to determine their cost, if any, will be for this important
immunization and to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome between
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from December 4 to December 8 to receive a flu vaccination.