vaccinations http://news.stlpublicradio.org en It's Back! Flu Spreads (Again) In St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/its-back-flu-spreads-again-st-louis <p>It’s winter again in St. Louis ― and that means the start of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cdc.gov/flu/">flu season</a>.</p><p>Dr. Faisal Khan with the <a href="http://www.stlouisco.com/HealthandWellness/InfluenzaInformation">St. Louis County Department of Health</a> says he’s seen a sharp spike in the number of reported flu cases in the past couple of weeks.</p><p>He says that quick uptick is normal for this time of year, and it’s too soon to tell whether the current pattern will continue.</p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 20:30:00 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 32548 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org It's Back! Flu Spreads (Again) In St. Louis Missouri childhood vaccination rates still below average http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-childhood-vaccination-rates-still-below-average <p>Missouri is still near the bottom of the pack when it comes to childhood vaccination rates.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/stats-surv/nis/default.htm#nis">results of the CDC's annual National Immunization Survey</a> show about 68 percent of children under age 3 got <a href="http://health.mo.gov/living/wellness/immunizations/">all the required vaccinations </a>in 2011. That's about the same as in 2010, and up from 56 percent in 2009.</p><p>In Illinois, vaccination rates fell from about 75 percent in 2010 to about 72 percent in 2011.</p> Thu, 06 Sep 2012 19:40:43 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 4520 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri childhood vaccination rates still below average SLU study: shot-spray combination may protect best for children's first flu vaccine http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/slu-study-shot-spray-combination-may-protect-best-childrens-first-flu-vaccine <p>A new study out of Saint Louis University suggests that a child&rsquo;s first doses of flu vaccine can be given as either two shots or two nasal sprays, but that giving one shot and one nasal spray may be most protective.</p><p>Lead researcher Dr. Dan Hoft says the nasal spray &ndash; which is a live vaccine &ndash; can cause wheezing. But it&rsquo;s more effective than an inactivated vaccine, which is injected.</p> Tue, 16 Aug 2011 21:40:32 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 1881 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org SLU study: shot-spray combination may protect best for children's first flu vaccine Communities affected by flooded Missouri River requesting vaccinations http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/communities-affected-flooded-missouri-river-requesting-vaccinations <p><em>Reporting by KXCV&#39;s Kirk Wayman used in this report.</em></p><p>Several communities up and down the swollen Missouri River are not only requesting sandbags, but vaccinations as well.</p><p>In extreme Northwest Missouri, Atchison County deputy emergency manager Mark Manchester said his office has given about 50 workers tetanus shots during the flood fight.</p> Mon, 04 Jul 2011 21:36:31 +0000 KXCV 1555 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Communities affected by flooded Missouri River requesting vaccinations