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( – The St. Louis County Department of Public Health is hosting free Influenza Vaccination Clinics for children ages 2-18.

The seasonal flu vaccine offers protection against different flu types.

“Getting the influenza vaccination is the best way protect children and their families from seasonal flu,” County Executive Steve Stenger said.

The location, date, and hours of operation for each free influenza clinic is provided below:

Location: North Central Community Health Center

Date: Saturday, December 3, 2016

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Address: 4000 Jennings Station Road, Pine Lawn, MO 62131

Location: John C. Murphy Community Health Center

Date: Saturday, December 10, 2016

Time: 9:30AM – 2:00PM

Address: 6121 North Hanley Road, Berkeley MO 63134

Certain children will not be able to receive the influenza vaccination at these clinics: Children who have taken influenza-antiviral drugs 48 hours prior to the vaccination date. Children who are allergic to eggs. Children ages 2- to 4-years-old who have asthma or a history of wheezing in the past 12 months. Children who have chronic health issues. If your children have any of the conditions listed above, please talk to your health care provider about other vaccination options and ways to protect your children during the flu season.

Other standard precautions being urged by the health department are: Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Cough and sneeze into a tissue or into your sleeve. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Try to maintain a distance of three feet between you and others. Stay home when you are sick or think you may be getting sick.

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