Don Pritchard Got His Flu Shot This Year!

Don Flu shot 2018Don Pritchard got his flu shot today!

The flu season is almost here and the Ste Genevieve County Health Department is recommending flu shots for everyone 6 months and older.
So far there have not been any lab confirmed cases of influenza in Ste Genevieve County, but the St. Louis area already has cases of confirmed flu.
It is impossible to predict what this flu season will be like. Last year flu cases in our county were over three times the amount of the previous year....
There are a variety of vaccines available. The vaccines have been updated this year to better match the expected circulating viruses. The regular dose vaccine at the health department covers the two type A strains and two type B strains expected to be circulating this year. This vaccine can be given to anyone 6 months and older. There is also high dose vaccine available for all senior citizens 65 and older. This vaccine has four times the amount of antigen in the vaccine to give a boosted antibody response and so better protection and covers two type A and one type B virus. Another vaccine available is an egg-free vaccine that is available for those 18 and older and also gives three times the amount of antigen. This vaccine covers two type A and two type B viruses. The appropriate type of flu vaccine given will depend on your age and specific health condition.
You should get a flu shot before flu begins spreading, as it takes about two weeks after injection to develop protection. The best time to get vaccinated is mid-September through the end of October, but vaccinating later can still be beneficial. A flu vaccination in the fall should cover the entire flu season or about 6 months.
The Ste Genevieve County Health Department has flu shot clinics scheduled:
Flu shots are available daily during regular business hours at the Health Dept.
September 25—Ste Genevieve Nutrition Center 9:00-12:00
September 26—St Mary City Hall 1:00-2:00
September 26—Bloomsdale Library 3:00-4:00
October 11—Drive Thru at Ste Genevieve Fire Station 1:00-6:00
October 26—Country Mart 10:00-12:00
In addition to receiving a flu shot, other everyday preventive actions include staying away from sick people and washing your hands to reduce the spread of germs. If you are sick, stay home from work or school.
Continue to check our website and Facebook page for the updated the community clinic schedule.
For additional information please call the health department at 573-883-7411.