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Release Date: 12/10/2013

Flu season hits St. Louis area

The flu virus is here in the St. Louis area. After just a few sporadic cases through the fall, St. Anthony’s Medical Center has noted the start of flu season with an increase in confirmed positive tests for flu in the first week of December.

The best protection against the flu is to receive the flu vaccine. Anyone who is older than 65, has a chronic illness or works with chronically ill people are especially susceptible to flu and are advised to receive the flu vaccine. This year’s flu vaccine offers protection against H1N1 and the seasonal flu virus.

You can receive the vaccine without an appointment from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily at any of St. Anthony’s Medical Center’s four urgent care centers:

  • Arnold Urgent Care, 3619 Richardson Square Drive in Arnold;
  • Big Bend Urgent Care, 10296 Big Bend Blvd., at Hwy. 44 and Big Bend;
  • Fenton Urgent Care, 714 Gravois Road in Fenton;
  • Lemay Urgent Care, 2900 Lemay Ferry Road in South County.

The traditional shot costs $25. The intradermal injection costs $30; it uses a smaller needle injected into the skin instead of the muscle. St. Anthony’s will bill your insurance or Medicare. Flu shot recipients must be at least 8 years old. Anyone who is18 years and younger needs a parent with them to sign a consent form. Pregnant women can receive the vaccine with an order from their doctor. The intradermal injection with the smaller needle can only be administered to individuals between the ages of 18 and 64.

For more information on St. Anthony’s flu shots, call our flu shot hotline at 314-525-4999, call 314-ANTHONY (268-4669).

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