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Local flu clinics scheduled

Seasonal flu vaccine is available at local health departments within the New River Health District and will be offered by appointment only in each health department. The fee for the seasonal flu shot is $30 per dose and is covered by Medicare and Medicaid.
Influenza is a serious disease caused by the influenza virus that affects the respiratory tract. It is highly contagious (the virus can be transmitted even before flu-like symptoms appear) and generally spreads from person-to-person when an infected person coughs or sneezes. A person usually becomes sick in 1-3 days of exposure. Typical flu symptoms include fever, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache, muscle aches, and extreme fatigue.
Vaccination is the best way to prevent influenza and its potentially severe complications. Protection develops about two weeks after vaccination and may last up to a year.
Although people of any age can get the seasonal flu, annual vaccination is recommended for the following:

1. Children aged 6 months up to their 19th birthday
2. Pregnant women
3. People 50 years of age and older
4. People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
5. People who live in nursing homes and other long term care facilities
6. People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:
a. Health care workers
b. Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
c. Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)

Novel H1N1 2009 influenza vaccine, often called “swine flu,” is expected mid-to-late October and, therefore, is not available during these clinics. It is critical to understand that BOTH seasonal flu and novel H1N1 flu will be circulating this fall and winter, and to get the best protection it will be necessary to receive both vaccines.

For more information about flu clinics or to schedule an appointment, call:

Floyd County Health Department (540) 745-2141
Giles County Health Department (540) 921-2891
Montgomery County Health Department (540) 381-7100
Pulaski County Health Department (540) 994-5030
Radford City Health Department (540) 831-5774

The Virginia Department of Health operates a toll-free flu hotline to answer your questions about seasonal flu and novel H1N1 (“swine flu”). Call 877-ASK-VDH3 (877-275-8343).

Local flu clinics scheduled

Seasonal flu vaccine is available at local health departments within the New River Health District and will be offered by appointment only in each health department. The fee for the seasonal flu shot is $30 per dose and is covered by Medicare and Medicaid.
Influenza is a serious disease caused by the influenza virus that affects the respiratory tract. It is highly contagious (the virus can be transmitted even before flu-like symptoms appear) and generally spreads from person-to-person when an infected person coughs or sneezes. A person usually becomes sick in 1-3 days of exposure. Typical flu symptoms include fever, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache, muscle aches, and extreme fatigue.
Vaccination is the best way to prevent influenza and its potentially severe complications. Protection develops about two weeks after vaccination and may last up to a year.
Although people of any age can get the seasonal flu, annual vaccination is recommended for the following:

1. Children aged 6 months up to their 19th birthday
2. Pregnant women
3. People 50 years of age and older
4. People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
5. People who live in nursing homes and other long term care facilities
6. People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:
a. Health care workers
b. Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
c. Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)

Novel H1N1 2009 influenza vaccine, often called “swine flu,” is expected mid-to-late October and, therefore, is not available during these clinics. It is critical to understand that BOTH seasonal flu and novel H1N1 flu will be circulating this fall and winter, and to get the best protection it will be necessary to receive both vaccines.

For more information about flu clinics or to schedule an appointment, call:

Floyd County Health Department (540) 745-2141
Giles County Health Department (540) 921-2891
Montgomery County Health Department (540) 381-7100
Pulaski County Health Department (540) 994-5030
Radford City Health Department (540) 831-5774

The Virginia Department of Health operates a toll-free flu hotline to answer your questions about seasonal flu and novel H1N1 (“swine flu”). Call 877-ASK-VDH3 (877-275-8343).