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 Pharmacy Take Care Clinic
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:
1. Concentra Urgent Care: Take a look at here before going in to get a flu shot. Concentra, located on Lynn Haven Lane.
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.