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Health System Offering Seasonal Vaccinations

October 24, 2023

Kansas City, Kan.—Fall is here, and so are health system seasonal vaccines. The University of Kansas Health System recommends vaccinations as safe and effective preventive care. Stay current on immunizations to protect yourself, your loved ones and your community.

Annual flu shot in Kansas City

Current patients should contact their primary care provider’s office to schedule a flu vaccination for important protection against influenza. Some offices offer special hours for vaccinations. In most cases, a flu vaccine is given in a brief injection-only visit. You do not need a full office visit.

You may choose to receive your flu vaccine at a community provider. MyChart users, please record this information in your account to keep your care team up to date.

Have a scheduled visit coming up soon? Ask your provider for your vaccination then.

COVID-19 vaccination in Kansas City

The health system is beginning COVID-19 vaccinations in October. Current patients should contact their primary care provider to receive the updated COVID-19 vaccine by appointment. The FDA-approved 2023-2024 vaccines offer maximum protection from severe illness against current COVID-19 strains.

You may choose to receive your COVID-19 vaccine at a community provider. MyChart users, send proof of vaccination to your health system care team through MyChart to update your record.

Have a scheduled visit coming up soon? Ask your provider for your vaccination then.

Flu and COVID-19 vaccinations in Great Bend

In Great Bend, flu shots are available for anyone who needs one at The University of Kansas Health System Convenient Care Walk-In Clinic at St. Rose Medical Pavilion. Convenient care hours are 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. No appointment is needed.

Flu shots are also available by appointment at Great Bend Family Medicine. Call 620-792-2511 to schedule.

Adult patients may also receive their COVID-19 vaccination at St. Rose Medical Pavilion. Call 620-792-2511 to schedule. Contact the Barton County Health Department for pediatric COVID-19 vaccines.

FAQ

  • Yes, you may receive both at the same visit.

  • According to FDA recommendations:

    • Individuals 5 years of age and older regardless of previous vaccination are eligible to receive a single dose of an updated mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 2 months after the last dose of any COVID-19 vaccine.
    • Individuals 6 months through 4 years of age who have previously been vaccinated against COVID-19 are eligible to receive 1 or 2 doses of an updated mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. The timing and number of doses depends on the previous vaccinations received.
    • Unvaccinated individuals 6 months through 4 years of age are eligible to receive 3 doses of the updated authorized Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or 2 doses of the updated authorized Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

    Recommendations may vary for people with additional health conditions. Visit the CDC website for details or contact your healthcare provider.

  • The CDC has authorized updated mRNA vaccines for 2023-2024 manufactured by Moderna and Pfizer that are expected to be more effective against today’s strains of COVID-19. These vaccines are monovalent. The previously approved bivalent Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines are not currently authorized for use in the United States. The health system will offer only the CDC-approved 2023-2024 updated vaccines.

  • Most patients ages 12 and older can receive an updated vaccine from either manufacturer, regardless of doses received previously. Patients younger than 12 should receive a vaccine from the same manufacturer as they received previously. Parents and guardians, consult with your child’s primary care provider.

  • Most insurance plans cover preventive flu vaccinations. To confirm coverage, contact your insurance carrier.

    Coverage for COVID-19 vaccines may change for the 2023-2024 vaccine due to the expiration of the public health emergency that provided extensive cost coverage for previous vaccines. You should understand your plan’s coverage. You may be responsible for a portion of the cost of COVID-19 vaccination depending on your plan’s coverage. You can use our price estimator tool to find information on COVID-19 vaccine charges within your specific insurance plan.

    If your plan does not provide full coverage, or if you don’t have health insurance, learn more about access to free COVID-19 vaccinations at vaccines.gov.

For additional information about COVID-19, including prevention, symptoms, testing and treatment, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

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