SSM Health gives out 500 free flu shots in record time, more drive-thrus to come | News Headlines

SOUTH ST. LOUIS ( –  SSM Health gave out more than 500 free flu shots in less than two hours during its community drive-thru event Saturday morning.

Staff said cars began lining up outside the Ronald McDonald parking lot on Park Ave. as early as 5:45 a.m. At one point, cars were lined up on Park Ave., onto Grand Blvd., and stretched all the way to I-44.

Saturday’s clinic is one of five community drive-thru events SSM Health is offering for free flu shots.

While health experts always encourage people to get vaccinated ahead of flu-season, they say this year it is especially important.

“We don’t want to overwhelm our healthcare system,” said Kelly Reidel of SSM Health. “If we can prevent some of these illnesses with the flu vaccine then we can prevent some of those hospitalizations and people needing treatment as well.”

Below is the information for the remaining clinics being held next Saturday, Oct. 17 beginning at 8 a.m. No appointment is necessary. Vaccines are given out on a first come, first serve basis.


DePaul Hospital

Parking Lot 1

12303 DePaul Drive 

Saint Louis, MO 63044    


Orchard Farms Elementary School

2135 Highway V

St. Charles, MO 63301


St. Joseph Hospital – Lake Saint Louis

100 Medical Plaza

Lake Saint Louis, MO 63367


Ronnie’s Plaza

Behind SSM Health Medical Group Office

30 Ronnie’s Plaza

St. Louis, MO 63126       


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