By Teri L. Hansen
As flu season gets into full swing, the last thing people want to hear is that there is a shortage of the vaccine. Recently Kansas saw a state-wide shortage in vaccine shipments due to a delay by U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Most organizations are working together to get through the delay.
“It’s been interesting this year to try to get everyone vaccinated,” McPherson County Health Department Director Shalei Shea said. “If we’re running low we tell people to make sure try pharmacies like Walmart, Walgreens or Dillons or even other health departments.”
The health department accepted walk-ins for the vaccine Mondays and Fridays. The cost for a vaccine without insurance at the health department is $40. A vaccine for those 65 years or olde is available for $65.
Luckily, even with the shortage plenty of places around McPherson have the vaccine available including pharmacies and doctor’s offices. The pharmacies in McPherson, as of today have flu shots available. Each accepts most insurances which eliminates the out of pocket expense and for those without insurance, the cost runs around $40 for the basic vaccination, with an increase in cost for the more complex shots. Walgreens also gives the vaccine fro free to Veterans Affairs enrolled veterans. They just need their VA health card to receive the shot.
The following is a list of pharmacies with flu shots available in McPherson:
200 N. Main St.
2095 E. Kansas Ave.
1320 N. Main St.
205 S. Centennial Dr.