It's nearly flu season. Local health care providers are encouraging people to get a flu shot soon so they are protected from the flu earlier. According to the St. Charles County Health Department, it can take two weeks for flu antibodies to develop after a patient receives a flu shot.
“A flu vaccine is the best way to protect against influenza,” Division of Public Health Director Hope Woodson said in a press release. “Although last season was considered one of the mildest ever, there is no way to predict the number of flu cases reported this year. With the start of the season coming soon, it’s important to schedule your appointment now to best protect your family.”
1. St. Charles County Health Department: The Health Department will offfer $25 flu vaccines for adults and children starting Sept. 17. Both the shot and the spray are available at the health department facility from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Hours are extended until 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. Call 636-949-1857 to schedule an appointment at the health facility.
2. Schnucks: The grocery store pharmacy offers flu shots for $27.99 and for no copay for people with Medicare Part B coverage. Preservative free flu shots are $29.99. Head here to schedule an appointment online.
3. CVS: The CVS located in Harvester offers walk-in flu shots from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday for adults and children 18 months and older. Insurance is accepted including Medicare Part B. Learn more here.
4. Walgreens: Walgreens clinics serve both walk-in clients and set appointments for flu shots between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., noon to 1 p.m and 5 to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., noon to 1 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. Sundays. Walgreens offers the flu shot for people ages 6 months and older, the high dose flu shot for people ages 65 and older. Schedule an appointment online here.
5. Visiting Nurses Association: The Visiting Nurses Association schedules flu shots throughout the St. Louis region. Flu shots will be offered
- From 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 25 at St. Peters City Hall for people ages 9 and older.
- From 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 6 at O'Fallon Family YMCA for people ages 6 months and older.
- From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 9 at St. Charles Community College for people ages 9 and older.