Mount Rogers Health District to host free flu vaccine clinics for SWVA residents

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MARION, Va. (WFXR) – Residents of parts of the New River Valley will have opportunities to receive a free flu vaccine throughout the month of October.

The first set of vaccine clinics are for residents of Wythe and Bland Counties and will be held at the following locations:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the Bland County Fairgrounds at 123 Fairgrounds Street in Bland from 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 14, and Thursday, Nov. 5, at the Wytheville Meeting Center at 333 Community Boulevard in Wytheville from 1 to 6 p.m. each day.

Also, residents of Carroll and Grayson Counties and the City of Galax will have three clinics available to them to receive a free flu vaccine. Those locations will be held at the following locations:

  • Friday, Oct. 2, at Independence Middle School at 100 Blue Devil Drive in Independence from 1 to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 21, at Carroll County Middle School at 1036 North Main Street in Hillsville from 1 to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 28, at Galax Parks and Recreation at 601 South Main Street in Galax from 1 to 6 p.m.

Only the seasonal flue vaccine will be offered at these events. Community members may schedule appointments for Tdap, pneumonia 13, pneumonia 23, hepatitis A, and hepatitis B vaccines at the local health department.

There will be no cost to participants for any of the vaccines. Vaccines will be billed to insurance or paid for by the Wythe-Bland Foundation grant (for the Bland and Wytheville events) Twin County Community Foundation grant (for the Independence, Hillsville and Galax events).

To schedule an appointment, or for more information, click here.

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