CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu vaccine each year. The flu vaccine is available beginning Sept. 17, 2018 at the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment’s (JCDHE) two walk-in health clinics (11875 S. Sunset Drive, Olathe or 6000 Lamar Ave., Mission). Cost is $30 for the flu vaccine. A High Dose flu vaccine that is formulated for those ages 65 and over is available at $50. JCDHE takes Blue Cross Blue Shield, Coventry, Cigna, and United Healthcare insurance.
“Flu season” in the United States begins as early as October and lasts as late as May. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce your risk of getting sick with seasonal flu and spreading it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through the community.
Anyone can get the flu (even healthy people) and serious problems related to the flu can happen at any age, but some people are at a higher risk of developing serious flu-related complications if they get sick. This includes people 65 years and older, people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions (such as diabetes, asthma, or heart disease), pregnant women, and young children.