Flu vaccines available at many local health departments

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FILE – This Jan. 23, 2020 file photo shows a patient receiving a flu vaccination in Mesquite, Texas. On Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the vaccine has been more than 50% effective in preventing flu illness severe enough to send a child to the doctor’s office. Health experts consider that pretty good. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

MARION, Va. (WFXR) – Flu season is quickly approaching and the Mount Rogers Health District is encouraging everyone to get their annual flu vaccination to reduce the chances of getting the virus and spreading it to others.

“Getting a flu vaccination this year is more important than ever. According to the CDC, COVID-19 will likely continue into the fall and winter and may overlap with flu season. With the possibility of both viruses occurring in our communities at the same time, it is vital that everyone age six months or older get their yearly flu shot.”

Karen Shelton, M.D., Director of the Mount Rogers Health District

If you are unsure whether or not you can be vaccinated, talk with your doctor to discuss your personal health risks and concerns.

Flu season typically peaks in December and January and it is important to be vaccinated before the flu begins to spread as it takes around two weeks for the vaccination to provide protection.

Children who receive the flu vaccine for the first time require two doses that are separated by four weeks.

The flu vaccine is available now at many private health care providers, free clinics and pharmacies, and at local health departments.

The Mount Rogers Health District offers quadrivalent and high-dose flu vaccines. The quadrivalent injectable flu vaccine is recommended for anyone age six months and older as it protects against four strains of the flu, two type A viruses and two type B viruses. The high-dose flu vaccine is available for individuals age 65 and older as it contains four times the antigen and is intended to give older people a better immune response, and better protection against the flu.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact your local health department. In the Mount Rogers Health District:

  • Bland County Health Department: (276) 688-3642
  • Carroll County Health Department: (276) 730-3180
  • Galax City Health Department: (276) 236-6127
  • Grayson County Health Department: (276) 773-2961
  • Smyth County Health Department: (276) 781-7460
  • Wythe County Health Department: (276) 228-5507

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