County Executive and Public Health Department Urge
All Residents to Get Vaccinated against Seasonal Flu
(September 22, 2016) – Influenza season has arrived and both County Executive Steve Stenger and the Saint
Louis County Department of Public Health are urging all county residents six months of age and older to
get vaccinated against the seasonal flu.
“This isn’t just about protecting yourself,” said County Executive Stenger. “If you don’t catch the flu,
then you can’t spread the illness to others.”
“Getting the flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu,” Public Health
Department Director Dr. Faisal Khan said. “Even if you encounter a flu strain not included in the
vaccine, having been vaccinated will help decrease severity of your symptoms and the duration of your
Every year, seasonal influenza vaccine offers protection against different influenza types, based on
recommendations from experts around the world who determine which types are most likely to be
circulating in the fall. Vaccines available for the 2016-2017 influenza season include:
- Trivalent influenza vaccines will contain the three vaccine virus strains below:
- A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)–like virus,
- A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2)–like virus and
- B/Brisbane/60/2008–like virus (Victoria lineage).
- Quadrivalent influenza vaccines will include the strains listed above and an additional vaccine
- B/Phuket/3073/2013–like virus (Yamagata lineage).
Because of its low effectiveness during the 2013-2014 and 2015-2016 influenza seasons, for the 2016-
2017 influenza season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that the nasal
spray flu vaccine (Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine) not be used.
Other CDC recommendations for the 2016-2017 influenza season are:
- Persons with a history of egg allergy who have experienced only hives after exposure to egg
should receive influenza vaccine. Any licensed and recommended influenza vaccine (i.e., any ageappropriate
IIV or RIV3) that is otherwise appropriate for the recipient’s age and health status may
- Persons who report having had reactions to egg involving symptoms other than hives, or who required epinephrine or another emergency medical intervention, may similarly receive any licensed and recommended influenza vaccine (i.e., any age-appropriate IIV or RIV3) that is appropriate for the recipient’s age and health status. The selected vaccine should be administered in an inpatient or outpatient medical setting (including but not necessarily limited to hospitals, clinics, health departments, and physician offices). Vaccine administration should be supervised by a health care provider who is able to recognize and manage severe allergic conditions.
- A previous severe allergic reaction to influenza vaccine, regardless of the component suspected of being responsible for the reaction, is a contraindication to future receipt of the vaccine.
Depending on the severity of the outbreak, between 15 and 60 million Americans are infected by seasonal flu each flu season. Over 200,000 people are hospitalized every year due to flu-related complications and around 36,000 of them die.
Persons interested in being vaccinated are urged to visit the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health’s Flu Website to find out where they can go for seasonal flu vaccinations:
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.
If you think you may have the flu, the department recommends that you contact your health care provider for possible treatment – especially if you have a fever of 100° F or higher. Flu symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headaches, chills, tiredness or fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
For more information about the flu vaccine, visit: