Flu season could begin at any time which makes it important for people to receive their flu vaccination now before the flu virus hits our community. Last year’s flu season started in November, but the flu can hit as early as October.
Anyone who is older than 65 years, has a chronic illness or works with chronically ill people is especially susceptible to the flu and should be vaccinated.
Flu vaccinations are now available without an appointment from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily at each of St. Anthony’s four urgent care centers
- St. Anthony’s at Arnold Urgent Care, 3619 Richardson Square Dr. in Arnold
- St. Anthony’s at Big Bend Urgent Care, 10296 Big Bend Blvd., at I-44 & Big Bend in Crestwood
- St. Anthony’s at Fenton Urgent Care, 714 Gravois Rd., at Hwy 141 in Fenton
- St. Anthony’s at Lemay Urgent Care, 2900 Lemay Ferry Rd. in South County
St. Anthony’s urgent care centers offer online check-in
for patients’ convenience.
St. Anthony’s will bill your insurance or Medicare for the vaccine, or the vaccine can be purchased for $44. Flu shot recipients must be at least eight years old. A parent or guardian must be present and sign a consent form for children who are18 years old and younger. Pregnant women can receive the vaccine with an order from their doctor.
In addition to being vaccinated, other ways to protect yourself from the flu or any other virus includes:
- Good hygiene, such as hand washing
- Covering your mouth with the bend of your arm when you cough or sneeze
- Avoiding people who are sick
- Staying home away from other people when you’re the one who is sick