The single best way for families to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each fall. This year, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children's Hospital partnered to bring over 32,000 free flu shots to our community.
If you were unable to attend one of our free flu shot clinics and still need a flu shot, please contact your health care provider or your local health department.
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For more information about the free community flu clinic, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who should have a flu shot?
The CDC recommends the following adults be vaccinated each year:
- People at high risk for complications from the flu
- People 65 years and older
- People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities that house those with long-term illnesses
- Adults with chronic heart or lung conditions, including asthma
- Adults who needed regular medical care or were in a hospital during the previous year because of a metabolic disease (like diabetes), chronic kidney disease, or weakened immune system (including immune system problems caused by medicines or by infection with human immunodeficiency virus [HIV/AIDS])
- Women who will be pregnant during the influenza season
- People with any condition that can compromise respiratory function or the handling of respiratory secretions (that is, a condition that makes it hard to breathe or swallow, such as brain injury or disease, spinal cord injuries, seizure disorders, or other nerve or muscle disorders)
- People 50 to 64 years of age. Because nearly one-third of people 50 to 64 years of age in the United States have one or more medical conditions that place them at increased risk for serious flu complications, vaccination is recommended for all persons ages 50-64.
- People who can transmit flu to others at high risk for complications. Any person in close contact with someone in a high-risk group (above) should get vaccinated. This includes all health care workers, household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of children younger than 23 months of age, and close contacts of people 65 years and older.
Other specific information about the vaccines at Barnes-Jewish:
- FluMist, quadrivalent (new in 2013) and intra-dermal vaccines will not be available at the free community flu shot clinics.
- The vaccine does not contain thimerosal.
- A flu shot will not be given if a person has had an allergic reaction in the past, latex allergy, egg allergy or ever had Guillain-Barré Syndrome.
- A flu shot should not be given if a person currently has a fever or respiratory illness.