Seasonal flu shots are now available for anyone 6 months and older at the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment’s walk-in clinic in Olathe. Flu shots are given on a walk-in basis from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and 8 a.m. to noon, on Fridays. The clinic is located at 11875 S. Sunset Dr., Olathe.
Flu shots reduce the risk of getting the flu, and more importantly, reduce the risk of severe illness or hospitalization for those who do get the flu. Individuals who need a first, second or third/booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine can get one at the same time as their flu shot.
“We are still seeing high levels of COVID-19 transmission in Johnson County. We can all do our part by getting a flu shot to prevent illness and hospitalizations and limit the stress on our health care system,” says Sanmi Areola, JCDHE director. “The flu shot is safe, does not cause the flu and can protect you and your loved ones.”
The flu vaccine will not protect individuals from getting COVID-19, but it will offer protection from the four types of influenza viruses that may circulate this season.