HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) – With fall comes the flu and Hampton Roads is helping residents prepare with free vaccines this upcoming week.
The Virginia Department of Health states that the main line of defense against the flu is getting the vaccine. They also suggest that you get vaccinated by the end of October. For more information about the flu season check out our coverage here.
That said, these vaccines can sometimes be costly, so many often choose to forgo them. This can be dangerous, as Secretary of Health and Human Resources Daniel Carey says, “it only takes one person to decrease the whole community’s immunity.”
Luckily, there are plenty of free flu shot clinics in the area that are here to help ensure the health of the community.
Here is a list of free clinics in the area:
- Riverside Regional Medical Center
500 J. Clyde Morris Blvd.
Nov. 3, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.
14 and up while supplies last
- York/Denbigh WIC Office
606 Denbeigh Blvd, Suite 304
Nov. 1, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
- Military Circle Mall
800 North Military Highway
Under tents in parking lot by the former Macy’s
Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
6 months and older
- Hampton Health Department
3130 Victoria Blvd.
Nov. 2, 8:30-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.
3 years and older
- Hampton VA Medical Center
100 Emancipation Dr
Oct.1- Nov. 30, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Beyond the vaccine, officials also suggest increased hand washing, covering your mouth when you cough and staying home when you are sick, to stop the spread of the flu during flu season.
The flu exhibits itself through high fever, body aches, runny nose and cough.
For more information about the flu click here.
** If additional free flu shot clinics are announced in Hampton Roads cities, WAVY.com will update this post with the details **