ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A local infectious diseases specialist says there’s still time to get that flu shot.
Dr. Steve Lawrence with Barnes Jewish Hospital tells KMOX News Health Editor Fred Bodimer that there has been an uptick in local influenza cases, making it a good time to seek out a vaccination if you haven’t done so already.
“We’re likely to see flu activity for at least the next four to six weeks,” he says. “We’re just at the beginning of the epidemic curve, as we call it, and if people were to get a flu vaccine particularly in the next week or two there’s plenty of time for it to take effect.”
To this point, most cases in St. Louis city and county have been Type A influenza, either H1N1 or H3N2.
Both strains are in this year’s flu vaccine along with the Type B strain, which is turning up in St.Charles County.
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