The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each fall. For the 15th consecutive year Barnes-Jewish Hospital offered free flu shots to those in our community.
The 2018 free flu shot clinics were conducted between Monday, October 1 and Sunday, October 14 across the St. Louis area. The next free flu shot clinic hosted by Barnes-Jewish Hospital will take place at the beginning of the next flu season, in October 2019.
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 don’t have a primary care doctor, we can help you find one.
This is made possible by funding from The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
Influenza Vaccine Information:
In October 2018, Barnes-Jewish Hospital provided the following vaccines at the free flu shot clinics:
2018-19 Flulaval Quadrivalent (GSK)
- 0.5-mL single-dose prefilled syringe for those ages 6-months and older
- Preservative free, latex free
- Vaccine package insert: Flulaval Quadrivalent
2018-19 Fluzone HD Trivalent (GSK)
- 0.5-mL single-dose prefilled syringe for those ages 65-years and older
- Preservative free, latex free
- Vaccine package insert: Fluzone HD Trivalent
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT FLU SHOTS
WHO SHOULD HAVE A FLU SHOT?
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that all individuals be vaccinated each year. However, it is particularly important for the following people:
- 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.
Can My Child Be Vaccinated Too?
Influenza vaccination is recommended for children age 6-months and older. At all Barnes-Jewish Hospital free flu shot clinics, the following apply:
- All children 17-years and under must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. A grandparent can bring the child with a written consent from a parent.
- If this is the first year your child is receiving the flu vaccine and he/she is 6-months through 8-years of age, then a second follow-up vaccine is required four weeks after the first dose for maximum effectiveness. Only the first dose will be given at these clinics, so you will need to see your primary health care provider for the follow-up vaccine.
- If your child is 6-months through 8-years of age and received 2 or more doses of flu vaccine prior to July 1, 2018, then only one dose of vaccine is needed this season.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
- FluMist, egg free (Flublok) and intra-dermal vaccines are not available at these free clinics.
- The vaccine does not contain thimerosal, a preservative.
- The vaccine does not contain latex.
- A flu shot will not be given to a person who has had an allergic reaction to a vaccine in the past, egg allergy, or ever had Guillain-Barre Syndrome.
- A flu shot should not be given to a person with a fever or respiratory illness.
If you have any questions about our free community flu shots, email firstname.lastname@example.org.