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Flu Season Begins; Flu Vaccine Now Available

Media Contact Joe Poelker
314-525-4005
Release Date: 10/20/2017 By St. Anthony's Medical Center

Doctor prepares a flu vaccine shot for a patient.

October is the start of the influenza (flu) season. The flu vaccine is the best protection against the flu, and the vaccine is now available.
 
While everyone age 6 months and older should get vaccinated, vaccination is particularly important for those who are at a higher risk of serious complications from the flu; such as young children, adults 65 years and older, those with serious health conditions (asthma, heart disease, diabetes, etc.), and pregnant women. 
 
For the second straight year, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends against the nasal flu spray due to ineffectiveness. That means all patients, regardless of age, will need to receive a flu shot to be vaccinated.
 
St. Anthony’s primary care physicians can provide flu shots to patients. Patients who do not already have a primary care physician can find one here. The vaccine also is 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 Drive at Richardson Road
  • St. Anthony’s at Kirkwood Urgent Care, 1001 S. Kirkwood Road at Big Bend Boulevard
  • St. Anthony’s at Fenton Urgent Care, 714 Gravois Road at Highway 141
  • St. Anthony’s at Lemay Urgent Care, 2900 Lemay Ferry Road
In addition to walk-ins without an appointment, St. Anthony’s urgent care centers offer online check-in for patients’ convenience. Your insurance can be billed for your vaccination.
 
St. Anthony’s urgent cares can provide the vaccine to patients who are 8 years and older. A parent or guardian must be present and sign a consent form for children who are younger than 18 years. 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 include:
 
  • 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 and away from other people when you’re the one who is sick