This flu season is proving to be one of the earliest and most aggressive in several years. The American Red Cross is responding with a "last-minute flu shot clinic.
"The Red Cross offered nearly 100 flu shot clinics across the Kansas City area earlier in the season, but we realize there are still people who want the chance to get protected against the flu," said Delane Kempf, flu shot manager for the American Red Cross – Kansas City region.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report the flu season has yet to hit its peak and encourages anyone who has not been vaccinated to do so now. So far this season, most (91%) of the influenza viruses that have been analyzed at CDC are like the viruses included in the 2012-2013 influenza vaccine.
Flu shots are $30. Pneumonia vaccine is $55. The Red Cross will bill Medicare Part B and most major insurance plans, or people may pay with a credit card, check, or cash. For more details, please call the Red Cross at (816) 931-8400. Clinics are walk-in only with no appointments.
Red Cross flu clinics will not provide flu shots to children less than 16 years old. Those who are 16 or 17 years of age must provide a written note from a parent or guardian and a physician to receive the flu vaccine.