Today was the first day of free children??s flu vaccinations at the Boone County Health Department in Columbia.
Both flu shots and flu mist are available at no cost for anyone in Boone County under the age of 18. Turnout on the first day was heavy because Columbia Public Schools were closed.
Dozens of parents took advantage of the day off from school to get free vaccinations for their children.
Health officials recommend children as young as 6 months old get vaccinated.
However, school age children are at the highest risk.
Boone County Health Department spokeswoman Andrea Waner said, ??They are around a bunch of other kids every day in clusters of children. They are the ones that are the most susceptible as well as the elderly.??
Boone County health officials are offering free flu vaccinations for children Monday through Friday during regular business hours at their West Worley Street location.
Anyone 18 or older can get a flu vaccination for $25.