Free flu vaccine at Christiansburg Middle School on Nov. 18

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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)

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. — The New River Health District (NRHD) will offer free seasonal flu vaccine at a drive-thru dispensing clinic Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Christiansburg Middle School.

Vaccine will be available free on a first-come, first-served basis to those ages 8 and up.

Make sure to wear clothing that is loose around the arm so that a public health nurse can administer the flu shot in the upper arm, and so you will not have to leave the comfort and convenience of your car.

“For those that haven’t yet received their flu shot this year, now is the time, since flu season is upon us and the vaccine’s protection takes up to two weeks to fully develop. 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.”

Noelle Bissell, M.D., director, New River Health District

According to the New River Health District, all persons ages 6 months or older should be vaccinated against influenza each year. Particular effort should be made to vaccinate people at higher risk for influenza complications, including:

  • Pregnant and postpartum women, or those who will be pregnant during the influenza season;
  • Persons over 65 years of age, including residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities;
  • People who have chronic lung or heart problems, including asthma; and
  • People who have other serious medical conditions, such as diabetes, kidney disease, cystic fibrosis, anemia, cancer, weak immune systems (including those with HIV) or a seizure disorder.

To minimize your risk of contracting or transmitting the flu, the New River Health District suggests following these steps:

  • Get vaccinated;
  • Wear a cloth face covering, or mask;
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, for at least 20 seconds;
  • Cover your cough, either by using a disposable tissue or coughing into your sleeve, not your hand; and
  • Stay at home when you are sick.

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