Virginia Beach offering free flu shots on Oct. 15

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Director of the Influenza Division at the Centers for Diseases Control, Dr. Daniel Jernagin, readies for the 2016 flu season. (Photo courtesy CDC Twitter)

The Director of the Influenza Division at the Centers for Disease Control, Dr. Daniel B. Jernigin, readies for the 2016 flu season. He is a captain in the U.S. Public Health Service, according to his CDC biography. (Photo courtesy CDC Twitter)

Free flu-vaccination clinics will be offered Saturday, Oct. 15, at two local elementary schools.

The Virginia Beach Department of Public Health will host the clinics from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Newtown Elementary School, 5277 Learning Circle, and Birdneck Elementary School, 957 S. Birdneck Rd.

Public health nurses and volunteer nurses from the Medical Reserve Corps will administer seasonal flu vaccines free of charge to anyone ages 3 and older.

Parents of children between the ages of 3 and 8 are asked to bring a copy of their child’s immunization record, if one is available.

There will be 1,100 doses of the flu vaccine available, and they will be dispensed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Influenza viruses typically circulate widely in the United States each year, from late fall through early spring, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

While most people who become infected with influenza recover without complications, the viruses can cause serious illness and even death, particularly among older adults, very young children, pregnant women and those with chronic medical conditions.

Annual influenza vaccination is the primary means of preventing influenza and its complications.

The latest information about the dangers and treatments of influenza can be found at www.flu.gov.

Individuals with questions pertaining to the Oct. 15 vaccination clinics can call the Virginia Beach Department of Public Health at (757) 518-2700 weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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