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Free Flu Shot Clinics For Those Without Insurance Set For October

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Flu season is almost here, and area health organizations want the public to take steps to protect itself.

Starting October 2, free flu shots for Greene County residents who don't have insurance will be offered by the Springfield Flu Coalition, which includes the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, CoxHealth, Mercy Springfield and the Greene County Medical Society.

Dates are:  

  • 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.

According to the Springfield-Greene County Health Departmemt. the last two flu seasons in Greene County have seen large case counts, with 4,360 flu cases in the most recent season and 4,681 cases in the 2017-2018 season.

In a news release, health department officials said, "vaccine is our best method of protection against the flu, even if, in some years, the vaccine isn’t a perfect match for circulating flu strains."  Historic data has shown that even if someone who got the flu shot gets the flu, sickness is shorter and less severe, according to the department.

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Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.