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Flu Shot Clinic

The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each fall. For the 16th consecutive year, Barnes-Jewish Hospital is offering free flu shots to those in our community who would otherwise not have access to one. This is made possible by funding from The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Free seasonal flu shots will be available for those age 6-months and older. All vaccines are free of latex and preservatives. All doses will be administered on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.

As recommended by the CDC, those 65-years and older are eligible to receive high dose (HD) vaccine. Those 65-years or older who attend these clinics will be given HD vaccine as supplies last. If HD vaccine is not available, the standard dose will be given.

If you are 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, pharmacy or local health department.

Flu Shot Clinic Schedule

City of St. Louis

Monday, Oct. 7 – Wednesday, Oct. 9
7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Adult vaccinations only (18+ years old)
Barnes-Jewish Plaza Tower, main floor lobby
1 Barnes-Jewish Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63110
Parking is available in the Plaza Garage for $2/hr

Monday, Oct. 7 – Wednesday, Oct. 9
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Adult & pediatric vaccinations (6-months and older)
Center for Advanced Medicine, 3rd floor lobby
4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO 63110
Parking is available in the Euclid Garage for $2/hr

West St. Louis County

Saturday, Oct. 12
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Adult & pediatric vaccinations (6-months and older)
Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
Medical Office Building 2
10 Barnes West Drive
Creve Coeur, MO 63141
Parking is available free on-site

North St. Louis County

Sunday, Oct. 13
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Adult & pediatric vaccinations (6-months and older)
Siteman Cancer Center at Christian Hospital
Christian Hospital Atrium – Detrick Building
11133 Dunn Road
St. Louis, MO 63136
Parking is available free on-site

South St. Louis County

Saturday, Oct. 19
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Adult & pediatric vaccinations (6-months and older)
Siteman Cancer Center – South County
5225 Midamerica Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63129
Parking is available free on-site

Influenza Vaccine Information

Vaccines available at the Barnes-Jewish Flu Shot Clinics

This year, Barnes-Jewish Hospital will provide the following vaccines at the free community flu shot clinics:

2019-20 Flulaval Quadrivalent (GSK)

2019-20 Fluzone HD Trivalent (GSK)

Additional information about the Barnes-Jewish Flu Shot Clinics

  • 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.
  • FluMist, egg free (Flublok), and intra-dermal vaccines are not available.
  • 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.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT FLU SHOTS

Click the text below to see the answers to common flu shot questions and concerns.

> 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, 2019, then only one dose of vaccine is needed this season.

> I’m generally healthy, so do I really need the flu shot?

Although the elderly, the very young and those with chronic illness may be more susceptible to the deadlier effects of the flu, everyone is at risk of the dangerous effects of the flu. Prolonged fevers and dehydration from the flu can lead to brain damage and organ failure, even in a healthy adult.

In addition to protecting yourself from getting the flu, getting vaccinated decreases the spread of disease for everyone. Approximately 20%-30% of people carrying the influenza virus have no symptoms. Even if you think you aren’t at risk, you could be spreading the illness to someone at high risk of complications from the flu.

> Can the flu shot make me sick or give me the flu?

The flu shot is made from an inactivated virus that can't transmit infection. So people who get sick after receiving a flu vaccination were going to get sick anyway. It takes two weeks to get protection from the vaccine. But people assume that because they got sick after getting the vaccine, the flu shot caused their illness.

The flu shot can cause minor side effects, such as soreness, redness or swelling on the area of the arm where the injection is made, a low-grade fever and minor aches that may last one to two days. However, almost all people who receive the influenza vaccine have no serious problems as a result of receiving it.

> I am pregnant. Will the flu shot harm my baby?

The CDC recommends that all women who are pregnant during flu season receive the seasonal flu shot. According to the CDC, influenza is more likely to cause severe illness and death in pregnant women than in non-pregnant women. The effects of the flu virus on a pregnant woman’s immune system, heart and lungs can endanger her life and the life of her unborn child.

Research suggests the flu vaccine is not only safe for expectant moms and their developing babies, but also effective. Pregnant women who get a flu shot get sick less frequently with influenza than those who don't get the vaccine.

> Where can I find more information about the flu and flu shots?

For more specific information about the flu and flu shots, we recommend the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the best single source of information.

 

If you have any questions about our free community flu shots, email CommunityOutreach@bjc.org.

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