Students living on college campuses could be required to get vaccinated against bacterial meningitis under legislation endorsed by a Missouri Senate committee.
The House Committee on Health Insurance debated legislation proposing a database of immunizations Missourians have received to improve efficiency in the state.
To combat a significant increase in severe cases of influenza being reported recently in both Missouri and Illinois, the St. Louis County Health Department has decided to offer free flu shots next week.
New flu cases doubled over the past week in St. Louis County, jumping from 73 to 158 this week for a total of 371 this season.
Local researchers are about to test a new vaccine against a deadly avian flu bug that hit China last spring.
Missouri is above the national average for the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine as well as Hepatitis B and Hepatitis A vaccines.
“It is really important, as parents, if you have fears for your kid’s safety, for those fears to be rational,” SLU Care pediatrician Dr. Ken Haller says.
Junior high and high school students will be required to receive a booster shot against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis for next school year.
St. Louis University scientists are conducting a clinical trial of a vaccine for the last remaining strain of meningitis.
So-called “epidemic curve” will remain in effect for weeks.