Health Department Offers Special Flu Shot Clinics in October

As flu season begins, the Marion County Public Health Department is offering low-cost flu vaccine at seven walk-in clinics in October around the community. These clinics are in addition to the flu shots available through the health’s department’s district health offices.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the flu vaccine for everyone six months of age and older. A flu shot is especially important for pregnant women, people age 65 and older, and anyone with certain medical conditions including asthma, diabetes and chronic lung disease.

Flu shots offered by the Marion County Public Health Department are $20 for adults and children ages 2-18. The vaccine is free for children under two years old.

Special walks-in clinics in October are scheduled for the following locations and times:

Tuesday, Oct. 2
Englewood Church and Daycare
57 N. Rural St.
4-6 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 9
Old Bethel United Methodist Church
7995 E. 21st St.
9-11 a.m.

Southport United Methodist Church
1947 E. Southport Rd.
9 a.m.-Noon

Wednesday, Oct. 10
Chin Baptist Church
8528 Madison Ave.
9 a.m.-Noon

Tuesday, Oct. 16
Southport Presbyterian Church
7525 McFarland Blvd.
9 a.m.-Noon

Sunday, Oct. 21
St. Gabriel Catholic Church
6000 W. 34th St.
10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 25
Cathedral Kitchen
1350 N. Pennsylvania St.
9-11 a.m.

CDC recommends getting a flu shot by the end of October, but receiving the vaccine at any point during flu season offers important protection from the virus. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body.

In addition to flu shots, pneumococcal (pneumonia) vaccine is available at these walk-in clinics for $75 or $155, depending on which type of pneumonia vaccine is recommended for each person. Tetanus vaccinations are $25 (Td) or $40 (Tdap). Medicare and Medicaid are accepted.

To learn more about these special clinics, please call the Marion County Public Health Department’s Flu Hotline at (317) 221-2121. Click here for a list of district health office locations and hours.