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Release Date: 1/15/2014

Positive flu tests continue to pour in; flu vaccine still available

Influenza activity now is widespread across the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control. St. Anthony’s Medical Center is confirming more positive flu tests in our patients, with 40 more positive flu tests reported for the week of January 7-12, bringing the total number of flu cases at our Medical Center and Urgent Care Centers to 251 for this season.

St. Anthony’s test results reflect what is being reported by the CDC and the Trust for America’s Health: young adults are being hit at a higher rate this flu season, because they are less likely to be vaccinated and are susceptible to the prevalent H1N1 strain of the flu virus.

  • 241 of 251 positive flu tests are for type A, which includes H1N1
  • 20 percent of flu patients are in their 20s
  • 18 percent of flu patients are younger than 10
  • 16 percent of flu patients are in their 30s

St. Anthony’s test results also reflect what it being observed by many health care providers: most flu patients, 73 percent, have not been vaccinated. Another five percent of patients have an unknown vaccination history. This year’s flu vaccine offers protection against H1N1 and the seasonal flu virus. The vaccine is still available.

St. Anthony’s provides the vaccine without an appointment from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily at its four urgent care centers:

  • Arnold Urgent Care, 3619 Richardson Square Drive in Arnold
  • Big Bend Urgent Care, 10296 Big Bend Blvd., at Interstate 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 or call 314-ANTHONY (268-4669).

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