The City-Cowley County Health Department will have a drive-through flu shot clinic on Oct. 12.

The clinic will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Agri-Business Building, located at 712 W. Washington Ave.

“Most health insurance plans pay 100 percent of the cost for the flu shot. If you are over 65 years old, remember that the health department carries the HD (high dose) vaccine that is recommended,” according to www.cowleycounty.org.

The health department charges $44 for children who are 6 months to 18 years old, $30 for 19- to 65-year-olds and $55 for the high dose recommended for people aged 65 or older.

On average, more than 30,000 people die each year from influenza complications such as pneumonia.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest these actions to help to prevent the spread of germs during the flu season:

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • If sick with a flu-like illness, CDC recommends staying home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone, except to obtain medical care or for other necessities. The fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Throw the tissue in the trash after using it.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs are spread that way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that might be contaminated with germs such as the flu.

To schedule a free clinic at a workplace or for a group, call the City-Cowley County Health Department at (620) 221-1430.