ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The start of October traditionally means the start of the flu season. There will be a lot of chances to get a free flu shot in the next week or so.

SLU Care vaccine researcher Dr. Sharon Fry asks everyone to get vaccinated even if it’s not for themselves, but for their loved ones. She says that the typical flu season runs from October through May.

“It takes two weeks to make a strong antibody or protectant responds to a vaccine when you get it,” says Fry. “You are not automatically protected, it takes a good two weeks for it to kick in.”

The first free flu shot clinic is Monday October 5th through Wednesday October 7th at Barnes Jewish Hospital. Next Saturday, several SSM Health locations will offer free flu vaccinations including DePaul Health Center, St. Clare and St. Joseph hospitals.

Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center and St. Mary’s Hospital will offer a free drive-thru flu shot and car seat safety check next Saturday as well near the Ronald McDonald House on Park Avenue.

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