St. Louis County fighting flu outbreak with free flu shots

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(KPLR) – Cases of influenza have been on the rise. In December, St. Louis County reported there was an early spike in cases. At the time, they hoped the spike would drop after a few days.

Zachary Tebb, M.D. and medical director of emergency medicine at St. Anthony’s, said there is no way of knowing how long the flu bug will stick around.

Tebb encourages anyone sick with the flu to stay home to avoid spreading it.  He also encourages anyone with pre-existing health problems to be extra vigilant in washing their hands and staying away from anyone who is sick.

Illinois officials said Wednesday there have been 122 flu cases which required intensive care hospitalization in the state.  Six people have died.

The Illinois Department of Public Health is now urging people who haven’t gotten a flu shot to get one soon.

St. Louis County is now offering free flu shots for people six months and older. They will be offered at the following locations:

North Central Community Health Center
4000 Jennings Station Road in Pine Lawn (63121)
Tuesday, January 14th, 2014
12:00 p.m. (noon) to 4:00 p.m.

John C. Murphy Health Center
6121 North Hanley Road in Berkeley (63134)
Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
12:00 p.m. (noon) to 4:00 p.m.

South County Health Center
4580 South Lindbergh Boulevard in Sunset Hills (63127)
Thursday, January 16th, 2014
12:00 p.m. (noon) to 4:00 p.m.

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