SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -

If you have no insurance but still need a flu shot, you can take advantage of an opportunity to get immunized against influenza.

The Springfield Flu Coalition begins its flu vaccine clinics for uninsured adults today. The clinics take place at the following places and times:

- Wednesday, Oct. 16, 9-11 a.m. - Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1609 N. Summit Ave.

- Thursday, Oct. 17, 8 a.m. to Noon - St. Agnes Elementary School Cafeteria, 531 S. Jefferson Ave.

- Wednesday, Oct. 23, 3-7 p.m. - Hand-In-Hand Ministries, 1436 W. Hovey St.

- Sunday, Oct. 27, 1:30-3:30 p.m. - Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1609 N. Summit Ave.

- Tuesday, Nov. 5, 9 a.m. to Noon - Crosslines, 615 N. Glenstone Ave.

- Wednesday, Nov. 6, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. - Salvation Army, 1707 W. Chestnut Expressway

The Flu Coalition is a longstanding partnership that includes CoxHealth, the Greene County Medical Society, Jordan Valley Community Health Center, Mercy Springfield, Ozarks Community Hospital and the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, as well the nursing colleges associated with both Cox and Mercy.
 
As a reminder, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department offers seasonal flu vaccine only for children ages 6 months to 18 years old, pregnant women and people in close contact with babies under 6 months old, because they cannot receive the vaccine themselves.

There is no charge for Greene County residents who are in the above three categories. People who are in the above three categories but do not reside in Greene County can pay a $17 fee to be vaccinated. Vaccinations are available at the Westside Public Health Center, 660 S. Scenic Ave., by appointment or during walk-in clinic hours, which are from 7:30-10 a.m. on Tuesdays only. Call (417) 874-1220 to make an appointment.
 
For more information about the Health Department clinics or the Flu Coalition clinics, contact: Mike Brothers, Public Information Administrator, (417) 874-1205.