A seasonal influenza vaccine provides the best protection available from the seasonal flu. Winter is generally considered peak flu season, with most outbreaks occurring in January and February. But sometimes flu cases can occur as early as October-November or as late as April. Vaccination can lessen illness severity of flu-related complications like pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections and ear infections.
The flu vaccination is particularly important for people at high risk for serious flu-related complications, which includes people with diabetes. Click here for more information on flu symptoms, vaccine information, side effects and safety, including why a flu shot is so important!
Flu vaccinations ae available at a variety of locations: most retail pharmacies, public health departments, some urgent care centers, some “walk-in” care clinics, your physician’s office, and some churches and civic groups. St. Anthony’s Urgent Care Centers in Arnold, Big Bend, Fenton and Lemay are offering flu vaccinations for a $30 fee and a $5 discount coupon will be available beginning October 1st. For the Urgent Care locations, hours of operation and to check on the coupon availability, click here. go to For more influenza and vaccine information, go to www.cdc.gov/flu.