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Nasal Spray is Back and Recommend for Flu Vaccines this Year

September 25, 2018 - 9:31 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Public health officials in Illinois are calling on residents to get their flu shots.

The vaccine's not perfect, but Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jen Layden says it goes a long way towards protecting people from getting sick.

She adds that those who are afraid of needles will be relieved to hear the nasal spray is back this year.

“Different from last year, the nasal spray is one of the acceptable and recommended vaccines, and everyone six months of age and older should get the vaccine,” she says.

Layden says now is the best time to get immunized since flu season usually starts in October and it takes two weeks for the vaccine to take effect.

Free flu shot clinics are coming up next month in a number of places in Missouri including October 1st thru the 3rd at Barnes Jewish Hospital and at the Center for Advanced Medicine; October 6th at Siteman Cancer Center South; October 7th at Barnes Jewish West County Hospital; and October 14th at Siteman Cancer Center at Christian Hospital.  SSM Health will offer free flu shots on Saturday October 13th at its hospitals -- Cardinal Glennon, St. Mary's, St. Clare, DePaul, St. Joseph Lake St. Louis and the SSM Health Outpatient Center in St. Charles.