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Public health experts are urging Missourians to get a flu shot ahead of a flu season that could likely arrive earlier and be more severe than last year’s. 

The vaccine is the most effective way for people to protect themselves and others in the community from the flu, state health officials said. 

“The select few who can’t get a flu shot or have weakened immune systems are more prone to getting complications from the flu,” said Michelle Jeon, an assistant professor of pharmacy practice at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. When people are immunized, “there’s less virus circulating in our community, so [at-risk people] are less likely to get sick.”
  • Only 45% of adults received a flu vaccine last year. That’s significantly below the 70% vaccination rate goal established by the federal government.
  • In the 2018-19 season, 92 Missourians died from flu-related symptoms. The year before, more than 2,000 people died from flu and pneumonia-related causes in Missouri, according to the state health department. 

Source: St. Louis Public Radio

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