DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) – The Pittsylvania-Danville Health District is offering a free seasonal flu vaccine clinic on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Danville Community Market at 629 Craghead Street.
There will only be 300 doses of the vaccine available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The clinic acts as an exercise to simulate a mass-vaccination event where health department officials with local agencies would work together so members of the community could be vaccinated efficiently during a time of emergency.
Health experts say that everyone age six months and older should be vaccinated against influenza annually.
Those at a higher risk for complications from the flu should make a concerted effort to get the vaccine. These high-risk groups include:
- Pregnant and postpartum women, or those who will be pregnant during the influenza season;
- Persons over the age of 65, 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 failure, cystic fibrosis, anemia, cancer, weak immune systems (including those with HIV) or a seizure disorder.