That's why the Springfield-Greene County Health Department offered some free flu-shots Wednesday through a walk-in clinic in Springfield.
The department had a few leftover shots and wanted to help vaccine those in need before Christmas.
The shots were free to anyone at-risk, which is anyone older than 65, pregnant, living with a chronic disease, or living with an infant under six months old.
The health department also has a special state program to vaccine kids under 18 for free.
“An annual flu vaccination is the very best protection against the seasonal flu, so we encourage everyone who's eligible to get that shot, says Jaci McReynolds. "Whether it's here at the health department or at their doctor's office or maybe at one of our local pharmacies."
“Anything free is great,” says Julie Aye. “Times are tough right now and any little bit helps."
McReynolds says to use common sense when you're around family, by washing your hands, staying three feet from people who may be sick, and to stay home if you are sick.
An additional clinic will be held Tuesday, December 30th from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at the center on South Scenic.