January 14, 2014
Due to the high volume of flu cases in the St. Louis region, Barnes-Jewish Hospital will provide free flu shots to people age 18 and older at a two-day flu shot clinic next week.
It is highly recommended that everyone receive the seasonal flu vaccine each year to protect against the flu, or influenza—a contagious respiratory illness with symptoms such as fever, body aches and sore throat. This year’s vaccine is well-matched to protect against the strain of H1N1 hitting relatively young and middle-aged adults particularly hard this winter.
The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital will be funding the clinics at the O’Fallon Park Rec Complex, operated by the YMCA of Greater St. Louis. Last fall, more than 35,000 St. Louisans were vaccinated at similar free community flu shot clinics at locations around the region, including Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
Free flu shots will be available to people age 18 and older while supplies last. All vaccines are free of latex and preservatives. Pre-registration is not required.
Monday, Jan. 20 and Tuesday, Jan. 21
8 a.m.-8 p.m.
O’Fallon Park Rec Complex
4343 West Florissant, St. Louis, MO 63115
For more information, visit www.barnesjewish.org/flu-shots or call 314-TOP-DOCS (867-3627).
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:
• 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.
Barnes-Jewish Hospital is a 1,315 bed teaching hospital affiliated with Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo. The hospital has a 1,763 member medical staff, with many recognized as “Best Doctors in America.” Barnes-Jewish is a member of BJC HealthCare, which provides a full range of health care services through its 13 hospitals and more than 100 health care sites in Missouri and Illinois. Barnes-Jewish Hospital is also consistently ranked as one of America’s “Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report.