The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each fall. In 2015, Barnes-Jewish Hospital administered over 20,000 free flu shots to those in our community at a variety of locations during the month of October. This was made possible thanks to funding from The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
If you were unable to make it to one of our flu shot clinic locations this year and you are in need of a flu shot, please contact your health care provider or local health department.
If you have any questions or are interested in being a flu vaccination site in 2016, please email email@example.com.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT FLU SHOTS
WHO SHOULD HAVE A FLU SHOT?
The Centers for Disease Control (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 aged 50 to 64 years.
- People who can transmit flu to others at high risk for complications. Any person in close contact with someone in a high-risk group (see above) should get vaccinated. This includes all health-care workers, household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of children 0 to 23 months of age, and close contacts of people 65 years and older.
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For more information about the free community flu clinic, email firstname.lastname@example.org.