MURPHYSBORO – The Jackson County Health Department in Murphysboro is now providing flu vaccinations by appointment.
You can get your flu shot weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with extended hours on Tuesday until 5:30 p.m.
An annual flu vaccination is recommended for everyone over 6 months of age. Getting a flu shot not only protects you during the upcoming flu season, but it also reduces the spread of flu to others.
The annual flu season typically runs from October through May. It takes up to two weeks for protection to develop after the vaccination. High dose flu vaccine is available for those ages 65 years and older.
Flu vaccination is free for anyone with Medicare B, Medicaid, State employees, and State retirees upon presentation of their insurance cards. The health department also accepts most types of health insurance, so please bring your insurance card at the time of service. Vaccination fees can also be paid by cash, check, debit or credit card.
With COVID-19 still circulating, you can also get a new bivalent COVID-19 booster at the same time as your flu shot, or you can choose to do them on separate days. Bivalent boosters target both the original strain of the virus which causes COVID-19, as well as the Omicron strains which make up most current
COVID-19 cases. Boosters are available to anyone who has completed their primary vaccination series, so long as it has been at least two months since your last dose or booster. Pfizer bivalent is open to ages 12+, and Moderna bivalent is available to ages 18+. Moderna is currently out of stock. The health department is waiting on shipment. COVID-19 boosters are available free of charge.