Influenza on the Rise, Get a Flu Shot in Hazelwood
Depending on the severity of the outbreak, seasonal flu infects between 15 and 60 million Americans each flu season.
If you don't catch the flu, you can't spread it.
That was the message St. Louis County Health Director Dolores J. Gunn was imparting in a September news release, as her department prepared for the next flu season.
That time is upon us and a new warning Wednesday was released about a big spike in flu cases in St. Louis and St. Charles counties: 50 new cases in four days in St. Charles County; 210 in a week in St. Louis County.
More than 200,000 people are hospitalized every year due to flu-related complications and around 36,000 of them die, according to the health department website.
It is not too late to capitalize on a flu shot.
Here are places to get a flu shot:
The grocery store pharmacy offers flu shots for $27.99 and for no copay for people with Medicare Part B coverage. Preservative free flu shots are $29.99. Head here to schedule an appointment online.
Walgreens clinics serve both walk-in clients and set appointments for flu shots between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., noon to 1 p.m and 5 to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., noon to 1 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. Sundays. Walgreens offers the flu shot for people ages 6 months and older, the high dose flu shot for people ages 65 and older. Schedule an appointment online here.
Here are some additional locations:
2. Shop 'n Save: Located at the intersection of Howdershell and Charbonier Roads, at the Hazelwood-Florissant Border, offers flu shots daily.
4. Brownridge Pediatrics: Located at 637 Dunn Road, this married couple has been treating children for a very long time.