County health department has flu vaccine available
The Johnson County Health Department currently has vaccine available for children 6 months and older and adults.
The county health department is encouraging individuals of all ages to be vaccinated, including children ages 24 months to 59 months, since they are considered at higher risk to develop complications from the flu.
It is also recommended that infants ages 6 to 23 months receive flu vaccination.
Thimerosal-free doses for children are also available.
Influenza season typically peaks anywhere from late December through March, so it's important to get flu shots now.
"Receiving your flu shot is a very important part of keeping yourself healthy. It is equally as important to practice basic preventative measures against the flu such as frequent hand washing," Dr. Leon Vinci, Health Director of the Johnson County Health Department, said.
The county health department has extended its flu shot clinic hours to:
- 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.
- 8:30 a.m. to noon Fridays.
Vaccinations are available at both the Olathe clinic, 11875 S. Sunset, and the Mission clinic, 6000 Lamar. No appointments are necessary.
Each year in the United States, between 5 and 20 percent of the population is infected with influenza. More than 200,000 people are hospitalized because of influenza complications.