During the COVID-19 pandemic, MU Health Care has adapted our annual flu shot procedures to allow for safe, convenient opportunities to get your vaccinations. We encourage everyone 6 months and older to get vaccinated and are offering flu vaccines in several locations.
Experts recommend getting a flu vaccination in September or October, but it's never too late in the season to get vaccinated (even January).
Vaccination not only protects the person getting the shot, but it also limits the spread of the illness. Because people can be infected with the flu virus for as long as a week before they show symptoms, it’s possible to unknowingly expose others.
“It’s a good idea to get a vaccine to protect those we love,” said Christelle Ilboudo, MD, an infectious disease expert at MU Health Care.
Where to Get Vaccinated
MU Health Care is offering many convenient ways to get the flu shot.
- A drive-thru flu vaccination clinic will occur every Saturday beginning Sept. 19 to Oct. 31 at South Providence Medical Park. Anyone ages 6 months and older can receive a vaccination.
- Individuals 6 months and older can receive a flu shot at an existing appointment at many of our MU Health Care Clinics. Talk to your doctor about how you can receive a flu shot. If you need to establish care, please contact a primary care location.
- Established patients at our Pediatrics Clinic may schedule an appointment to receive a flu shot.
- Individuals ages 7 and older may walk in to a Mizzou Pharmacy location for a flu shot.
- The Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services, MU Health Care and the David B. Lichtenstein Foundation will provide free flu shots to all children in Boone County. Additional information will be provided to families from the Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services.
Frequently asked questions
When will the flu drive-thru clinic be open?
It will be open from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday from Sept. 19 to Oct. 31.
Where is the drive-thru clinic?
It will be located on the east side of South Providence Medical Park. Signs will direct traffic flow.
How should I prepare?
You must wear a mask. Please wear loose, short-sleeve shirts and shorts. Dress children in loose clothing.
What should I expect?
You will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and asked to review and sign a consent form. Put your car in park before any shots are administered.
Will you accept insurance at the drive-thru?
Yes, we will collect insurance information and bill your insurance company for the flu shot. A billing statement will be sent to your house. Because of COVID, we would like to minimize any payment such as credit cards or cash at the drive-thru. Patients who elect to self-pay should expect to pay $37.20 (ages 64 and under) or $58.40 (ages 65+) via a mailed statement.
What happens if I’m getting a flu shot for the first time?
We recommend anyone who has not received a flu vaccine before be given two doses spaced one month apart. This applies to anyone 6 months or older. If you’re receiving your first flu shot, we ask you wait for 15 minutes in our observation area to monitor for any reactions.
What happens if I have COVID symptoms?
Schedule a virtual visit online to get a referral for COVID-19 testing. Once you no longer have symptoms, please return for a flu shot.
If I am unable to attend one of the drive-thru dates, how can I receive a flu shot?
Please schedule an appointment with your primary care doctor. Children can receive the flu shot at their pediatrician’s clinic.