Medical Minute – SSM Health offering free flu shots

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There are two changes you need to know about as the flu season approaches. Dan Gray reports in this edition of the SSM Health Medical Minute.

Flu Mist is no longer being offered for children.  According to the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the nasal spray vaccine – marketed under the name FluMist - did not protect against certain strains of the flu that were most prominent the past three seasons. The nasal vaccine's effectiveness among children 2-17 was 3 percent last year; the injected vaccine had an effectiveness rate of 63 percent.

 Dr. Anna Christina Fernandez, SSM Health Family Physician says the two main changes in this year’s flu vaccinations include FluMist is no longer offered, instead only the injected vaccine, and also, people with egg allergies should get a flu shot.  It was previously thought people suffering from egg allergies should avoid flu shots.

 SSM Health is providing six FREE flu clinics on Saturday, October 8th throughout the St. Louis region, in an annual effort to reduce influenza risk for children, adults and their families.

Annual flu vaccinations are important as it is thought more than fifty-percent of hospitalizations for flu-related pneumonia could be prevented – yet fewer than 50-percent of Americans get the flu vaccine.

A drive-thru clinic will allow those ages 6 months and above to get a flu shot without even getting out of the car. Click here for details.

Saturday, October 8

9 am – 2 pm

 

 

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital and SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital

 

Parking Lot next to Ronald McDonald House

3450 Park Avenue

St. Louis, MO 63104

In partnership with Kohl’s 4 Kids, certified car seat technicians will be present to check for proper installation.

SSM Health will also host free, public flu clinics at the following locations, for those ages 9 and above.

 

Saturday, October 8

8 am - Noon

 

SSM Health St. Clare Hospital

Conference Center

1015 Bowles Avenue

Fenton, MO 63026

 

SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital – Lake St. Louis

Education Center - Koenig Building

400 Medical Plaza

Lake St. Louis, MO 63367

 

SSM Health DePaul Hospital

May Center

12303 DePaul Drive

St. Louis, MO 63044

SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital – St. Charles

St. Charles Room

300 First Capitol Drive

St. Charles, MO 63301

 

SSM Health Medical Group

172 Professional Parkway

Troy, MO 63379

 

 

For each of the public flu clinics, vaccines will be available by injection only. There will not be a preservative-free option. Pregnant women are advised to obtain a flu shot from their primary care physician. No appointments are necessary. Participants should wear loose fit clothing and cannot be pregnant at the time. Flu shots will be given on a first come first serve basis and are available while supplies last.