ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – It’s a big week at Barnes-Jewish Hospital as free flu shots are once again being offered to the community.
Today through Friday the free influenza vaccines will be offered from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for adults at the main lobby of Barnes-Jewish and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for adults and children over six-months-old on the third floor of the Center for Advanced Medicine on Parkview Place.
“All of us older than six months of age should be vaccinated against influenza this year and every year,” infectious diseases specialist Dr. William Schaffner said.
Last year, more than 37,000 St. Louisians received their shots at the free clinics.
The Centers for Disease Control says more people nationwide were vaccinated against the disease last year than in previous years. Anne Schucatt, Director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, says 57 percent of children were vaccinated.
“That is a five percentage point increase from the previous year and a thirteen percentage increase from two years ago,” she explained.