Free flu shots offered to uninsured adults in Sedgwick County

WICHITA, Kan. Free flu vaccines are available for uninsured Sedgwick County adult residents while the vaccination is in stock.

The county says the vaccine is available at its Division of Health main clinic at 2716 W. Central. The clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, noon to 6:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

The county says flu vaccinations are also available to uninsured children up to age 18 and children with state-sponsored insurance plans. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 6, the main clinic is hosting a flu shot clinic.

"Individuals who do not qualify for a flu vaccination at the Division of Health may visit their primary care physician or neighborhood pharmacy to receive one," Sedgwick County says.

The county says flu vaccinations are recommended for anyone six months or older unless otherwise directed by a physician.

"It is important to get a flu vaccination every year, as flu strains are usually different from year to year," the county says.

The county reminds its residents there is no live virus in flu shots and the vaccine cannot cause the flu.

The Division of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend the flu vaccine because it can keep you from getting the flu, make the flu less severe if you do get it, and keep you from spreading flu to your family and others," Sedgwick County says.