Free flu vaccine clinic scheduled for Saturday in Danville

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OAKLAND, CA – DECEMBER 19: A Walgreens employee holds a syringe during a free flu shot clinic at Allen Temple Baptist Church on December 19, 2014 in Oakland, California. Oakland residents received no cost flu shots during a flu shot clinic at Allen Temple Baptist Church. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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.

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