Vaccine will be provided during emergency preparedness exercise on September 30th
(Colonial Heights, Va.) — The Virginia Department of Health’s Chesterfield Health District will offer free flu shots on Saturday, September 30, beginning at 9 am at Colonial Heights Middle School (500 Conduit Road, Colonial Heights, VA 23834). Only 500 doses of vaccine will be available, and will be offered to anyone three years of age and older on a first-come, first-served basis, until 1 pm or until the supply of flu shots runs out. Health insurance providers will not be billed for this service and no insurance information is required.
“Everyone should be vaccinated for influenza annually,” said Chesterfield Health District Director Dr. Alexander Samuel, M.D., M.P.H. “Vaccination is the best way to prevent influenza and its potentially severe complications, and this on-site clinic offers a fast and efficient way to vaccinate a large number of people in a short time.”
“In addition to providing residents with an opportunity to receive a flu shot, this clinic serves as an opportunity for the health department to work with our community partners to exercise our plans and test our ability to respond to a public health emergency requiring widespread access to vaccine or medication,” said Jonathan Kiser, district emergency coordinator.
Influenza, or “the flu,” is a contagious respiratory disease. Typical flu symptoms include fever, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache, muscle aches and extreme fatigue.
Vaccination is especially important for people at higher risk of complications from influenza:
For more information, call the Colonial Heights Health Department at 804-520-9380 or visit www.vdh.virginia.gov/Chesterfield.