King’s Daughters Pediatrics will host a Say Boo to the Flu event 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Bellefonte Centre lobby, 1000 Ashland Drive, Russell.
Health services will be available including flu vaccines for the family from age 6 months and health education. Face painting, games and treats including popcorn, cotton candy and slushies will also be available. Guests are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes.
“Protection from the flu is important for everyone, especially children,” said Kayla Murphy, director of pediatric practices at King’s Daughters. “This is a wonderful opportunity to have some fun and prepare the whole family for flu season.”
A parent/guardian must be present to consent for vaccination for those under 18. Flu vaccination cost will be billed to insurance. Cost for self-pay patients is $27; cash, checks and credit cards welcome. Medicaid, Medicare and most private insurances cover the vaccination at 100%.
Children under 5 – especially those younger than 2 – are at high risk of getting very sick from the seasonal flu. Vaccination offers children the best protection against the flu and its serious, sometimes life-threatening complications.
To get the highest level of protection, children who have not previously had a flu shot need two. The first should be administered at 6 months of age. The second shot should be given four to six weeks later.