St. Joseph Residents Prepare for Flu Season

St. Joseph Residents Prepare for Flu Season

St. Joseph Health Department and the Midland Empire Chapter of Red Cross held flu clinics.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Flu season is right around the corner, which means it is time for vaccinations.

The St. Joseph Health Department and the Midland Empire Chapter of the Red Cross held flu clinics for people, ages 18 and older, who are looking to stay healthy this flu season.

"It's very important for the community to get the flu vaccine to help safeguard their own path, as well as their families and the community," said Marilyn McMillen.

Last year, more than 37,000 people, in Missouri, had the flu.

Majority of those cases were found in children ages 5 to 14 years old.

"Of course we want people who have a chronic illness, or someone 65 years or older to have the vaccine. But, the flu stops with me. I get my flu shot, I protect you; You get your flu shot, you protect me," said Kelly Kibirige.

Each year, the strains in the vaccine change based on the statistics from the precious season.

Nurses say the only option should be getting a yearly flu shot, which includes children as young as six months old.

"If you don't get it, then you're very vulnerable to contracting it, and if you know somebody that's got the flu and you have gotten the vaccine, or even if you have, you should probably stay away from them," said McMillen.

If you were not able to make it to one of the clinic today, see your primary provider, or local pharmacies.

For more information on how to protect yourself from the flu, click here.
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