The Saint Louis County Department of Health is urging all residents six months of age and older be vaccinated against the seasonal flu.
Every year, seasonal flu vaccine offers protection against three different flu types, based on recommendations from experts around the world who determine which types are most likely to be circulating in the fall.
Depending on the severity of the outbreak, between 15 and 60 million Americans are infected by seasonal flu each flu season. Over 200,000 people are hospitalized every year due to flu-related complications and around 36,000 of them die.
“It’s not just about protecting yourself; if you don’t catch the flu, then you can’t spread the flu to others,” said Dr. Delores Gunn, director of the St. Louis County Department of Health.
To encourage more people to get vaccinated, County is offering free flu vaccinations to interested residents at the South County Health Center, located at 4580 South Lindbergh Boulevard in Sunset Hills, Mo. (63127) on Monday, October 15 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and on Tuesday, October 16 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
In North County, free flu shots will be offered at the John C. Murphy Health Center; 6121 North Hanley Road in Berkeley, Mo. (63134) on Thursday, October 18 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and on Friday, October 19 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
These events are only open to residents of St. Louis County and proof of residency – such as a driver’s license or utility bill – may be requested.
Residents unable to attend one of the above events can find out where they can go for seasonal flu vaccinations at www.SaintLouisCountyFlu.com.