Springfield Flu Coalition Hosting Free Shot Clinics for Adults

The Springfield Flu Coalition announced a series of free clinics where area adults who are uninsured can get a free flu shot.

The Springfield Flu Coalition is a partnership between the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, CoxHealth, Mercy Springfield, the Greene County Medical Society, and the nursing colleges associated with CoxHealth and Mercy.

The clinics are for adult Greene County residents only and will be at the following dates and locations:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 2, 9:00 a.m. – noon

Salvation Army, 1707 W. Chestnut Expressway

  • Monday, Oct. 14, 9:00 a.m. – noon

Crosslines, 615 N. Glenstone Ave.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 15, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Hand-in-Hand Multicultural Center, 1436 W. Hovey

  • Wednesday, Oct. 16, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1609 N. Summit Ave.

  • Sunday, Oct. 20, 2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

South Fremont Freewill Baptist & Korean Church, 4547 S. Fremont Ave.

  • Sunday, Oct. 20, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1609 N. Summit Ave.

Greene County’s last two flu seasons were considered to be “large case counts” with 4,360 last year and 4,681 the previous year.

The health department says recommendations about vaccinations:

  • Everyone over the age of six months is recommended to be vaccinated.
  • Flu vaccine will protect against the most common flu viruses expected to circulate this year.
  • Even if you got vaccinated last year, it is important to get vaccinated again this year to protect from changing flu viruses.
  • Talk to your doctor before the vaccine if you are pregnant or have any health concerns.
  • Influenza is a serious illness that can lead to hospitalization and even death. The annual flu vaccine is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get the seasonal flu and lessen the chance that you will spread it to others. It takes two weeks for the body to build full immunity to the flu after the vaccination, which is why getting vaccinated early is important.

For more information, contact the Springfield-Greene County Health Department on their website or by calling 417-864-1658.