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Significant Rise in Number of Severe Flu Cases in County
County Health Department to Offer Free Flu Vaccinations
The Saint Louis County Department of Health is responding to a significant increase in the number of severe flu cases in the area by offering free flu vaccinations to those six months of age and older at clinics next week.
Red Cross calls for blood and platelet donations after severe winter weather impacts collections
As severe winter weather begins to subside, the American Red Cross is asking all eligible blood and platelet donors to help offset a weather-related shortfall in donations. Approximately 300 blood drives across 25 states were canceled across the U.S. due to snow and extreme cold. The blood drive cancellations resulted in a shortfall of nearly 8, 800 blood and platelet donations since Jan. 2. In the Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region, severe winter weather forced the cancellation of nearly 30 Red Cross blood drives, resulting in about 875 fewer than expected blood donations over the past five days.
The Saint Louis County Department of Health is advising that all residents be vaccinated against the seasonal flu. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most of the country is now experiencing high levels of influenza-like illness, and the St. Louis area is no exception.
Christian Hospital is teaming up with the American Red Cross to host two blood drives open to the general public. Stop by and give blood to help save lives. Walk-ins are welcome; appointments have priority.
The Christian Hospital Foundation will host the fifth annual Legacy Leaders Dinner on Wednesday, November 6.
Each year at the Legacy Leaders Dinner, the Christian Hospital Foundation formally recognizes those who devote their professional and/or personal work to bettering the lives of residents in North County. This year, two individuals and one business will be honored.
SSM DePaul Health Center offers the following programs in November.
Public Flu Clinic. Saturday, Nov. 2, 8 a.m. – noon at May Center at SSM DePaul Health Center. Free immunizations for ages 9 and up (injection only). Call 1-866-SSM-DOCS for an appointment; walk-ins also welcome.