COVID-19 summer surge

Where can I get tested, vaccinated, or treated for COVID-19? Suggested Caption: Are you looking for a COVID test? Check out these options! #iHeardSTL #COVID19 #COVIDSummerSurge COVID-19 is on the rise Suggested Caption: Practice safety measures as COVID-19 cases increase during summer! This is especially important when virus levels are high, and when you or […]

STI testing and prevention

Did you know syphilis cases are on the rise in the US? Suggested Caption: Syphilis is a treatable bacterial infection, and spreads through unprotected
sexual contact. Testing is key! Symptoms may not be noticeable but serious health problems can still occur without treatment. Call the Saint Louis County Sexual Health Clinic at (314) 615-9736, the St. […]

Wastewater Monitoring

What is wastewater monitoring? Suggested Caption: Wastewater monitoring helps find infectious disease outbreaks. 🦠✅ When people have infections, virus and bacteria fragments enter the sewer system. Before treatment, samples are taken and tested in labs to find disease spread in a community. 🔍🌍 #iHeardSTL #WastewaterMonitoring #CommunityHealth Wastewater monitoring support Suggested Caption: 82% of respondents supported […]

Tetanus Safety

Where can I get a tetanus vaccine or check my vaccine status? Suggested Caption: With storm season in full swing, make sure you’re up-to-date on your tetanus shots and boosters! #iHeardSTL #StormCleanup #Tetanus Tetanus safety Suggested Caption: Make sure you’re up-to-date on your tetanus shots and boosters. Talk to your doctor if you’re unsure about […]

Tick and Mosquito Season

Step up your defense: It’s mosquito season! Suggested Caption: It’s the start of mosquito season for many places in the U.S. including Missouri. Use these tips to help prevent mosquito-borne diseases like Zika and Malaria.   #iHeardSTL #MosquitoSeason #Mosquito Step up your defense: It’s tick season! Suggested Caption: Don’t let a tick make you sick! Wear […]

Poll: Bird Flu

How do milk drinkers feel about the safety of pasteurized milk? Suggested Caption: Is the U.S. milk supply safe? Yes. On May 1st, FDA announced new test results that confirmed that live (active) bird flu virus does not remain in pasteurized milk, further confirming the safety of the milk supply. Raw milk is not safe […]

UPDATE: Bird Flu

What do we know about bird flu spreading to mammals? Suggested Caption: The FDA and multiple news groups reported that particles of the bird flu virus were found in some cow’s milk samples taken from U.S. grocery stores. FDA and CDC say that based on what we know today, pasteurized milk is safe because the […]

Bird Flu

What should I know about bird flu? Suggested Caption: The bird flu virus is spreading among birds and cattle in the U.S. The risk for the general public is low; those in close contact with infected birds or cows should take precautions.  #iHeardSTL #BirdFlu  Should I be worried about getting bird flu? Suggested Caption: The […]

Updated Resource: Measles

Measles is preventable! Suggested Caption: There have been 58 cases of measles so far this year. This already equals the total number of cases in ALL of 2023. The takeaway: measles is preventable. Vaccinations reduce the spread of measles & the severity of symptoms. #iHeardSTL #Measles #StayHealthy #GetVaccinated

COVID-19 Vaccine & Blood Donation

Can I give blood after getting vaccinated for COVID-19? Suggested Caption: Help spread the word: You can donate blood after getting a COVID vaccine. If the vaccine is FDA-approved and you don’t feel sick, you can give blood right away. If you don’t know which vaccine you got, wait 14 days after getting vaccinated. #iHeardSTL […]

Additional Resources: CDC Guidelines for Respiratory Illnesses

What if I get sick? Suggested Caption: As of March 1, the CDC updated guidelines for respiratory illnesses, such as COVID-19, influenza, and RSV. Take a look at Elena, Sean, Isabella, and Max’s situations for examples on how to navigate the new guidelines! The updated guidelines can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/ncird/whats-new/updated-respiratory-virus-guidance.html #iHeardSTL #COVIDGuidelines #CDC #STLHealth […]

Measles

Measles cases Suggested Caption: Have you been hearing about the recent measles outbreaks? Swipe to learn more about what’s going on. The takeaway: measles is preventable. Vaccinations reduce the spread of measles & the severity of symptoms. #iHeardSTL #Measles #StayHealthy #GetVaccinated Measles case increase Suggested Caption: Have you been hearing about the recent measles outbreaks? […]

CDC Guidelines for Respiratory Illnesses

UPDATE (March 1, 2024): Please use the newest resource “New CDC Guidelines” instead of the “COVID-19 Isolation” resource because the guidance on isolation with COVID has changed. New CDC Guidelines Suggested Caption: As of March 1, the CDC has announced new guidelines for respiratory illnesses, such as COVID-19, influenza, and RSV. People who test positive […]

Listeria Outbreak

Did you know? Suggested Caption: The CDC and FDA are investigating a Listeria outbreak linked to dairy products. Visit the FDA’s website for a complete list of products that are affected, and check your fridge! #iHeardSTL #Listeria #Queso #Cotija #FDA

Vaccine Conversations

It’s okay to have questions about vaccines Suggested Caption: It’s okay to want to find answers to questions you have about vaccines. Here are a few places we recommend going to for answers:   – Your doctor or child’s doctor – Trusted medical leaders like Mayo Clinic – Dedicated health websites like MedlinePlus from the National Library […]

Masking

When should I wear a mask? Suggested Caption: Mask-wearing can help limit the spread of respiratory infections in the community. #iHeardSTL #Masks #StayHealthy #KeepSTLHealthy Printable flyer – Masking Practices Does your organization have free masks available? Let people know! Use these templates to spread the word. Suggested Caption: We have free masks! When you enter […]

COVID-19 + RSV

It’s not too late to get vaccinated this season. Suggested Caption: Cases of COVID-19, influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are rising. Make sure to stay up-to-date with vaccinations, test yourself and mask in indoor public spaces. Let’s keep each other safe and healthy! Talk to your doctor if you have any questions. #iHeardSTL #COVID […]

RSV Vaccination

Why do older adults need the RSV vaccine? Suggested Caption: The rate of RSV infection is rising right now in MO. An RSV vaccine for older adults is available and could help protect against hospitalizations. Check local vaccination options today! #iHeardSTL #RSV #RSVVaccination #GetVaccinated #RespiratoryInfection Should infants get the RSV vaccine? Suggested Caption: The rate […]

COVID-19: Vaccines

Find COVID-19 vaccine locations at Vaccines.gov Suggested Caption: Need help finding a COVID‑19 vaccine near you? Visit Vaccines.gov or call 1-800-232-0233. Call your local vaccine provider to check for vaccine availability and appointment times. To learn more about this and other health topics in St. Louis, visit iHeardSTL.org or follow @iHeard_STL. #iHeardSTL #StayUpdatededAndProtected! #COVIDVaccine What you […]

Oral Phenylephrine (PE)

Finding PE on over-the-counter medicine labels Suggested Caption: The FDA recently advised that there is insufficient evidence to support oral phenylephrine as a decongestant ingredient in over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold products. To find and avoid this ingredient when looking at oral decongestant medicine this season, check the “Active Ingredients” label on the back of […]

RSV Vaccine

Version 1: Did you know? Version 2: Did you know? Suggested Caption: 1 in 5 St. Louisans say they’ve heard about the increase in RSV infections. A new RSV immunization for infants and vaccine for older adults and pregnant people is now available and could help protect against hospitalizations from RSV this year. To learn […]

COVID-19: Vaccines & Variants

Weekly alert: New variants. New vaccine. What are people hearing? Suggested Caption: The CDC has confirmed two new COVID variants: EG.5 (Eris) and BA.2.86 (Pirola). EG.5 is now the most common variant, accounting for about 20% of cases. To learn more about this and other health topics in St. Louis, visit iHeardSTL.org or follow @iHeard_STL. #iHeardSTL […]

COVID-19 Cases

COVID-19 Cases Rising Suggested Caption: iHeard asked St. Louisans if they had heard “COVID cases are rising” at the end of August. Almost half (46%) said “yes.” More people (11%) also reported taking more frequent precautions (such as wearing masks, washing their hands often, avoiding close contact with others, and avoiding large indoor gatherings). This […]

Candida Auris Fungus Spreading in Healthcare Settings

Weekly alert: What are St. Lousians hearing about Candida auris? Suggested Caption: Nearly 1 in 3 St. Louis adults heard about a new fungus spreading between people. Adults age 40 and older were much more likely to hear it than those younger than 40. Most people heard the claim on TV and radio. The fungus […]

Hospitals & Changing Mask Rules

St. Louis area hospitals changed mask rules Suggested Caption: Last week, almost half of the St. Louis adults in our panel (47%) heard that St. Louis area hospitals are ending their mask requirements. Nearly all (97%) of those who heard it believed it. BJC HealthCare ended its masking requirement on March 23, following SSM Health […]