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Diseases and Immunizations | Common Cold
Communicable Diseases in the News | Emerging Respiratory Diseases
Saint Louis County residents are urged to get a seasonal flu vaccination every year. Please contact one of the entities below for additional information:
BJC Flu Shot Clinic
Saint Louis County Health Centers
Concentra Urgent Care
Shop 'n Save Pharmacy
Maxim Health Systems
Visiting Nurses Association
Nursing Specialties, Inc.
Walmart Immunization Centers
If you have any of the above symptoms – especially a fever of 100° F or higher – contact your medical provider for evaluation.
Whether or not you get a seasonal flu shot, here are some simple things YOU can do to keep from catching or spreading a “bug” - whether it’s a “flu bug” or the common cold:
Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, especially after you cough, sneeze, or blow your nose.
Whenever you cough or sneeze, cover your nose and mouth. If possible, use a tissue; throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. If a tissue is not available, cough into your sleeve rather than your hand.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth as much as possible.
Maintain a distance of three (3) feet between you and other people.
Avoid people who have a cold, and, if you catch a cold, avoid contact with other people.
If you are sick (or think you may be sick) stay home from work or school.
If possible, talk to healthcare providers by phone to avoid an in-person office visit.
Check with your physician about getting the pneumococcal vaccination. It protects you from many types of pneumonia – one of the most common and fatal complications of the flu, especially for older adults.
"Cover Your Cough - Stop the Spread of Germs that Make You and Others Sick"
Faces of Influenza
For up-to-date information about vaccinations and the seasonal flu in general, visit these national and state resources:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Seasonal Flu Home Page
CDC: Influenza (the Flu): Questions and Answers
CDC: Flu Information for Healthcare Professionals
CDC: KEY FACTS about the Flu
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS)
Missouri Legislation Regarding Vaccinations for Pregnant Women and Children Under Three
City of St. Louis Department of Health
Franklin County Health Department
Jefferson County Health Department
St. Charles County Department of Community Health and the Environment