Sedgwick County offering free flu vaccinations to uninsured residents

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

It may seem like everyone around you is sick and it's because we're now entering high season for the flu.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Kansas now ranks high for influenza-like illness.

"They need to get a shot if they haven't had one,” resident Cindy Pracht said.

That's why the Sedgwick County Division of Health is offering free flu vaccines for uninsured residents.

"We'll take anyone that comes in that meets the guidelines. We're also offering flu vaccines for children, ages 18 and younger through the VFC program,” Ylonda Dennis, Associate Director of Preventative Health said.

And it doesn't take much to get vaccinated.

"You just come in and if you're an uninsured adult, 19 or older, proof of income, We will take a statement if you are unable to provide that proof, and we'll vaccinate you,” Dennis said.

Those free flu shots are available while supplies last at the Sedgwick County Division of Health.

Pracht said her daughter was the reason she felt the need to get the shot.

"I'm older now so I don't want to get sick and have some complications so I thought it was probably a good idea,” Pracht said.

There are steps you can take to prevent the spread of the flu.

"Get your flu shot. It can prevent you from getting the flu or if you get it, it can make it less severe. Always wash your hands with soap and water. If soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer. And stay at home if you're sick,” Dennis said.

The CDC recommends everyone six months and older to get a flu vaccine each season.

The free vaccine for uninsured residents is available at Sedgwick County's Division of Health main clinic, located at 2716 W. Central in Wichita.

Clinic hours:

                Monday - Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

                Thursday, noon to 6:30 p.m.

                Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you have questions about the flu vaccine, you can contact the Sedgwick County Immunizations Program at 316-660-7362 or immunizations@sedgwick.gov.

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