ST. LOUIS — Influenza season has arrived and both County Executive Steve Stenger and the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health are urging all county residents six months of age and older to get vaccinated against the seasonal flu.
To help combat seasonal illness, the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health will be hosting two flu vaccination clinics during October.
“This isn’t just about protecting yourself, although that is certainly important.” said County Executive Stenger. “If you don’t catch the flu, then you can’t spread the illness to others.”
Getting the flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting yourself and your family against the flu, said Dr. Faisal Khan, director of the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health.
“Even if you encounter a flu strain not included in the vaccine, having been vaccinated will help decrease severity of your symptoms and the duration of your illness,” he said.
Every year, seasonal influenza vaccine offers protection against different influenza types, based on recommendations from experts who determine which types are most likely to be circulating in the fall.
The costs of the vaccine at the Department of Public Health’s flu clinics are as follows:
- Uninsured children will receive the vaccination for free.
- Insured adults and children will be billed through their insurance provider.
- Uninsured adults will pay $25.
The locations, dates, and hours of operation for each influenza vaccination clinic are provided below:
- John C. Murphy Community Health Center, Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 9:30AM – 2:30PM 6121 North Hanley Road, Berkeley, MO 63134
- South County Community Health Center, Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 9:30AM – 2:30PM 4580 South Lindbergh Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63127.
While the CDC recommends getting a flu vaccination by the end of October if possible, other standard precautions being urged by the Department of Public Health are:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
- Cough and sneeze into a tissue or into your sleeve.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Try to maintain a distance of three feet between you and others.
- Stay home when you are sick or think you may be getting sick.
If you think you may have the flu, the department recommends that you contact your health care provider. Flu symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headaches, chills, tiredness or fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Persons unable to attend one of these events are urged to visit the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health’s flu website for information on alternative sites to receive the seasonal flu vaccination at www.SaintLouisCountyFlu.com.