It may seem a bit early, but local pharmacies are already beginning to offer the flu vaccine to customers.
In St. Louis County, the number of confirmed flu cases last week totaled 265 – more than half of the 422 cases so far this season.
A St. Louis County school district is investigating how five elementary school teachers were mistakenly dosed with insulin instead of the flu vaccine, an error that led to the hospitalization of two women.
While many go about getting that annual flu shot, researchers at St. Louis University are looking for ways to improve the protection the vaccines give.
Dr. Tom Frieden says getting vaccinated is the single most important step we can take to protect ourselves and our families against influenza.
As the St. Louis area prepares for more snow and subzero temperatures later this weekend, doctors here continue their plea for more people to get the flu vaccine.
“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.
Four works better than three. That’s the bottom line of new flu vaccine research out of St. Louis University.