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Prince William Health District Conducts Free Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic
The Virginia Department of Health’s (VDH) Prince William Health District will be giving 900 free flu shots via drive-thru clinic, rain or shine, on Saturday, October 13, 2012 from 10 AM to 2 PM to people age 3 and over, at the following location:
“Influenza is a serious disease that everyone should be vaccinated for annually. The vaccine gives the vaccinated person the best chance to fight the flu,” said Alison Ansher, M.D., M.P.H., Director, Prince William Health District.
Influenza, or “the flu,” is a highly-contagious respiratory disease. Typical flu symptoms include fever, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache, muscle aches, and extreme fatigue. The flu season in northern Virginia usually peaks in January and February. Each year in the United States approximately 200,000 people are hospitalized due to flu illness, and flu-related deaths range from 3,000 to 49,000 each year -- averaging 24, 000 -- over the last three decades.
Annual vaccination is especially recommended for the following high-risk groups:
For more information on the drive-thru clinic, call the Prince William Health District at (703) 792-6345. For further information on influenza, visit www.vdh.virginia.gov.