All seven Lake Regional primary care clinics provide flu shots for established patients during regular office hours. Local health departments also hold several flu shot clinics around the tri-county region.

It’s flu season again. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine.

“Now is the time to get vaccinated from the flu,” said Denise Dickens, R.N., MSN, Lake Regional Health System’s infection prevention specialist. “It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the influenza virus, which is a respiratory virus that causes fever, cough, sore throat, headache, muscle aches and fatigue.” 

WHERE TO GO: 

Lake Regional Primary Care Clinics

All seven Lake Regional primary care clinics — Camdenton, Eldon, Iberia, Lake Ozark, Laurie, Macks Creek and Osage Beach — provide flu shots for established patients during regular office hours. Scheduled appointments are preferred.

The clinics provide flu shots as a nurse visit. Children must be at least 12 years old or have prior approval from their primary care provider for a nurse-administered vaccination.

Lake Regional Pharmacy

Lake Regional Pharmacy offers flu shots at each of its five locations: Camdenton, Eldon, Lake Ozark, Laurie and Osage Beach. The quadrivalent vaccine is $35; the high-dose trivalent vaccine is $65. Medicare and most  insurance plans cover the cost. High-dose is recommended only for seniors 65 years and older. Children must be at least 12 years old to receive a pharmacy flu shot.

Lake Regional Pharmacy also offers flu shots for $35 at the Osage Beach Health Fair, scheduled from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Elks Lodge, 5161 Osage Beach Parkway. Medicare will be billed for eligible participants.

Lake Regional Occupational Medicine

Lake Regional Occupational Medicine offers flu vaccination services for area employers. Businesses can send employees to either the Osage Beach or Lebanon clinic location, or Lake Regional Occupational Medicine will come to the business to provide vaccines on site.

Flexible payment options are available, including direct bill, insurance billing and cash payments. Also, small businesses may use vouchers to send employees to the clinic. To schedule a flu shot clinic or for more information, employers should contact Occupational Medicine clinic manager Rachel Bailey at 573-348-8045.

Central Ozarks Medical Center

Central Ozarks Medical Center is hosting a series of flu shot fairs in the Lake area.

No appointments are necessary and the shots are free on a first-come, first-served basis.

7 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.., Oct. 6 at COMC, 304 W. Washington, Richland

8 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m., Oct. 13 at COMC, 948 E. U.S. Highway 54, Camdenton

8 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m., Oct. 13 at COMC, 3870 Columbia Ave, Osage Beach

County Health Departments

County health departments can also provide flu shots and have upcoming flu shot clinics.

Miller County

10 a.m.-12 p.m. Sept. 27

Knights of Columbus Hall, Mary’s Home

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sept. 28

Eldon Community Center

10 a.m.-12 p.m. Oct. 11

St. Anthony Parrish

1:30-2:30 p.m. Oct. 11 

St. Elizabeth Community Center

Camden County

Flu shots are available 8:30-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m., Mondays-Thursdays, for a cost of $30 or $60 for a high dose.

Flu shot clinics

10-11:30 a.m. Oct. 3 

Macks Creek Senior Center

11 a.m.-12 p.m. Oct. 4

Osage Beach Senior Center

10-11:30 a.m. Oct. 10 

Camdenton Senior Center

1:30-3:30 p.m. Oct. 20

Sunrise Beach Library

Morgan County

The Morgan County Health Department had not yet scheduled flu shot clinics for the season as of Sept. 25. For information on getting a flu shot through the health department, call (573) 378-5438.