Get your flu vaccine to protect yourself, others

As we settle into the fall season, it’s important to start thinking about when and where you’ll be getting your flu vaccine this year. With COVID-19 still spreading at high rates, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believe it’s more important now than ever to get vaccinated against the flu.

According to a study conducted by the CDC, more than 200,000 people, on average, are hospitalized with illnesses associated with seasonal influenza virus infections. With the ongoing pandemic, the CDC fears that if we aren’t proactive in protecting ourselves and others, hospitals and health systems might become overwhelmed.

The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older receive a flu vaccine each year. Unlike other vaccines, the vaccine against influenza is given annually flu viruses are continually changing and scientists create the vaccine in response to such changes.

Many people argue that the flu vaccine causes them to get influenza, but we want to remind everyone that this is not the case and you cannot get the flu from the virus. You may develop flu-like symptoms (i.e. fever, headaches, muscle aches, etc.) for 1-2 days after receiving the vaccine, but this is not the virus itself. While there’s still no guarantee that the flu vaccine will keep you from getting the flu, research shows that it can lessen the length and severity of the virus if you do acquire the illness.

We also encourage you to continue to practice proper hand hygiene, wear a mask when around others, and stay home when you’re feeling under the weather. Taking actions such as these allow you to protect yourself and others from not only the flu but also COVID-19, which doctors are still trying to study and figure out. There’s no current vaccine for the novel coronavirus and therefore we must take additional precautions to protect ourselves and others.

Northeast Missouri Health Council will be providing flu shots and you can call your provider’s office today to get an update or schedule your appointment. Additionally, local health departments are beginning to offer walk-in clinics and drive-thru flu clinics for the convenience of the community. If you have concerns about the vaccine, contact your provider’s office and speak with someone there.

Stay healthy, Northeast Missouri, as we continue to fight these battles together!


Northeast Family Health

1506 Crown Drive       

Kirksville, MO  63501

Phone:  (660) 627-4493

Hours: M, T, TH: 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Wed: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Fri: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1 p.m.-5 p.m.


Diabetes & Nutrition Center

1506 Crown Drive

Kirksville, MO  63501

Phone: (660) 627-4493,  Ext. 412

Hours: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Edina Family Health

104 E. Jackson

Edina, MO  63537

Phone: (660) 397-3517

Hours: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Northeast Dental 

402 W. Jefferson Suite C

Kirksville, MO  63501

Phone:  (660) 665-2741

Hours: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Kahoka Dental 

248 N. Morgan

Kahoka, MO  63445

Phone: (660) 727-1500

Hours: 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

Northeast Family Health - Milan 

52334 S. Business Highway 5

Milan, MO  63556

Phone: (660) 265-1042

Hours: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Macon Family Health & Macon Dental

209 N. Missouri

Macon, MO  63552

Phone:  (660) 395-5045

Hours: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1 p.m.-5 p.m.


Northeast Behavioral Health 

1410 Crown Drive

Kirksville, MO 63501

Phone: (660) 627-3621

Hours: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1 p.m.-5 p.m.


OB/GYN Specialty Group 

402 W. Jefferson Suite B

Kirksville, MO 63501

Phone: (660) 665-3555

Hours: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Kirksville Veterans Clinic

506 Rosewood Drive

Kirksville, MO 63501

Phone: (660) 627-8387

Hours: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Northeast Pediatrics 

402 W. Jefferson Suite A

Kirksville, MO  63501

Phone:  (660) 627-2229

Hours: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1 p.m.-5 p.m.


Business Office

1416 Crown Drive

Kirksville, MO  63501

Phone: (660) 627-5757, Ext. 5

Hours: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1 p.m.-5 p.m.


Administrative Offices 

1416 Crown Drive

Kirksville, MO  63501

Phone:  (660) 627-5757 

Hours: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C 254b, and deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S. C. 233(g)-(n)


Northeast Missouri Health Council is a FTCA deemed facility. Malpractice coverage is provided under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).


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