Free flu shots coming next week to drive-through SML clinic

WLNI-HEALTH-NEWSFrom the Virginia Department of Health: (MONETA, Virginia) – The West Piedmont Health District (WPHD) will offer free seasonal flu vaccine at a special drive-thru clinic on Tuesday, Oct. 25th from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Scruggs Fire, Rescue, and Dive Squad (2180 Bluewater Drive, Moneta, VA 24121). Only 300 doses of injectable vaccine will be available and will only be offered to adults 18 years and older on a first-come, first-served basis. Be sure to wear clothing that is loose around the arm so that a public health nurse can give you the flu shot in your upper arm, while you enjoy the comfort and convenience of your vehicle. Please do not have pets in the vehicle (controlled service animals are allowed).

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“There have already been cases of influenza this season in the area, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Virginia Department of Health recommend vaccination each year for everyone 6 months and older,” said Dr. Jody Hershey, Director, West Piedmont Health District. “Vaccination is the best way to prevent influenza and its potentially severe complications, and this unique ‘drive-thru’ approach is proven to be a fast and efficient way to vaccinate a large number of people in a short time.”

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