The Independence Health Department on Tuesday held a drive-through flu clinic to kick off the flu immunization season.

It’s that time of year again, the dreaded flu season.


The Independence Health Department on Tuesday held a drive-through flu clinic to kick off the flu immunization season.


“I think it’s so important that everyone get vaccinated against influenza,” said Julie Moise, who works with Faces of Influenza, a campaign promoting the importance of flu vaccination.


Moise, of Kansas City, knows the tragedy of killer flu. Her 61⁄2-month-old son, Ian, died in 2003 of flu-related complications.


“You always think it can kill someone with an (underlying) health condition or who is older,” Moise said. “That’s not right. It doesn’t discriminate. It can attack anybody.”


Moise got involved with the Faces of Influenza after her son’s death. She attended Tuesday’s kickoff. She said we are all “faces” of influenza, and health officials say that everyone can be at risk of getting the virus.


That’s why the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends everyone 6 months old and older be immunized, though the elderly, young children and people with certain health conditions are at a higher risk for serious flu complications. The best way to reduce your chances of getting the disease is through an annual vaccination.


This year, the flu vaccine will include the 2009 pandemic H1N1 strain, so only one shot is needed.


City employees, some of who have daily contact with the public, were getting vaccinated Tuesday, and more than 300 received the shot.


“We wanted to give city employees a chance to get in and get out during the work day,” said Mike Jackson of the Health Department.