New River Health District hosts free flu shot clinic Friday in Radford

The flu season is here and medical providers encourage the public to get a flu shot as a preventative measure. (Photo: Courtesy MGN)

The flu season is here and medical providers encourage the public to get a flu shot as a preventative measure. (Photo: Courtesy MGN)

RADFORD, Va. (WFXR) — Members of the New River Valley community have the opportunity to receive a free seasonal flu vaccine Friday at a Radford drive-thru clinic.

According to the the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), this drive-thru dispensing clinic will operate from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25 at the Radford Fire and Rescue Station at 1500 Wadsworth Street.

“Vaccination is the best way to prevent influenza and its potentially severe complications. This unique ‘drive-thru’ approach is proven to be a fast and efficient way to vaccinate a large number of folks in a short time,” said Dr. Noelle Bissell, director of the New River Health District.

VDH says the vaccine will be available for free on a first-come, first-serve basis for anyone who is at least 8-years-old. However, attendees are asked to wear clothing that is loose around the upper arm so healthcare workers can administer the flu shot without needing you to leave your car.

In addition, the New River Health District says face coverings are mandatory to attend the drive-thru clinic.

“Community immunity develops when more people get vaccinated,” Dr. Bissell explained. “There is less virus present to potentially infect those who cannot be immunized such as infants under 6 months old; this helps protect everyone from this potentially deadly disease. It is particularly important to get a flu shot this year due to the pandemic where COVID-19 will be circulating at the same time.”

Health officials say the flu is highly contagious and generally spreads from person-to-person when an infected person coughs or sneezes, causing a person to become sick one to three days after exposure to the virus. Fever, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache, muscle aches, and extreme fatigue are typical symptoms of the flu, VDH says.

For more information, call the New River Health District at (540) 585-3300 or visit the VDH flu website.

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