Hey, here’s a free flu vaccination clinic in Virginia Beach

The Virginia Beach Department of Public Health will host a free flu vaccination clinic at the Virginia Beach Department of Public Health office, 4452 Corporation Lane, on Nov. 14, from 4 to 7 p.m.

According to a news release from the city, Virginia Beach Department of Public Health nurses and Virginia Beach Medical Reserve Corps volunteer nurses will administer seasonal flu vaccines free of charge to the following:

  •  Adults and children (ages 3 and older) are eligible to receive the vaccine.
  • Parents of children (ages 3-8) should bring a copy of immunization record if available.
  • Vaccine supply is limited. Up to 400 doses are available and individuals will receive the vaccine on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

Although most persons who become infected with influenza viruses will recover without complications, influenza can cause serious illness and 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 can be found at www.flu.gov.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.