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Get the Shot...Not the Flu!

The Chesapeake Health Department is now offering flu vaccines for the 2014-2015 season in its regular outpatient clinics. Flu clinics are conducted on a walk in basis (no appointment needed) at the following location and times.

Chesapeake Health Department
748 Battlefield Blvd North
Chesapeake, VA 23320

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  • Monday from 8:30am to 10:30am for adults 18 years of age or older.
  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Patients are asked to bring their insurance cards. All insurance plans are accepted. The cost of the vaccine is $30.00.

For the most up to date information about the flu please visit the CDC website.


With winter and the holidays comes cold and flu season. We see different people, more people, and tend to stay in warm, confined places. All of these things can lead to more sicknesses. Often when people become ill during the winter, they assume they have "the flu." While symptoms for some of these illnesses are "flu-like," the cause may not be influenza. Here is a list of common winter symptoms and the viruses that can cause them:

Respiratory symptoms (congestion, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, sore throat) can be caused by:

  • Influenza
  • Parainfluenza
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus
  • Rhinoviruses ("common cold"- over 100 different types)
  • Adenoviruses

Gastrointestinal symptoms (vomiting, nausea, diarrhea) can be caused by:

  • Rotavirus
  • Norovirus
  • Enteroviruses (may also cause respiratory symptoms)
  • Adenoviruses
  • Caliciviruses
  • Astroviruses

Only two of the viruses mentioned above (influenza and rotavirus) are currently preventable by immunization. Washing your hands frequently and thoroughly, getting enough rest, staying home when ill, coughing into your elbow, and eating a well-balanced diet may decrease your chances of getting sick or passing an illness to others.

And remember, if you think you have "the flu," you may not actually have influenza!

Last Updated: 10-07-2015

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