As part of its commitment to building a healthier community, Riverside Health System will administer free flu shots throughout the regions it serves in Newport News, Hampton, Williamsburg, the Eastern Shore and the Middle Peninsula.
Free drive thru and walk up flu shots will be available for ages 14 and over while supplies last at the following locations:
Thursday, Sept. 24, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Drive-Thru and Outdoor (park and walk-up) Clinic
Riverside Medical Offices
856 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Suite A, in Newport News
Saturday, Oct. 3, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Drive-Thru Clinic
Riverside Medical Office Building – Hampton
850 Enterprise Parkway in Hampton
Monday, Oct. 5, 1 to 5 p.m. – Drive-Thru Clinic
Riverside Cape Charles Medical Center
216 Mason Ave. in Cape Charles
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Outdoor Clinic (park and walk up)
Riverside Wellness & Fitness Center – Peninsula
12650 Jefferson Ave. in Newport News
Thursday, Oct. 8, 1 to 5 p.m. – Drive-Thru Clinic
Eastern Shore Family Medicine
10085 William F. Bernart Circle in Nassawadox
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 1 to 5 p.m. – Drive-Thru Clinic
Riverside Shore Medical Center at Metompkin
17385 Lankford Highway in Parksley
Saturday, Oct. 17, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Drive-Thru Clinic
Newport News Medical Office Building by Riverside Regional Medical Center
500 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. in Newport News
Thursday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Drive-Thru Clinic
Riverside Walter Reed Hospital
7519 Hospital Dr. in Gloucester
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Drive-Thru Clinic
Riverside Doctors’ Hospital Williamsburg
1500 Commonwealth Ave. in Williamsburg
In light of COVID-19, masking will be required at all times at the clinic.
Temperature checks and additional safety screenings will be required prior to any patient receiving a flu shot.
Patients must confirm they have none of the following symptoms: fever, cough, sore throat, chills, muscle pain, loss of taste or smell, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, headache, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.
Patients who are sick or show any of the symptoms noted above should contact their physician before getting the flu vaccination.
In addition, patients who are under evaluation for COVID-19, waiting on viral test result, diagnosed with COVID-19 and not yet cleared to discontinue isolation, or have had prolonged contact with anyone with confirmed COVID-19 should also contact their physician before getting the flu vaccination.
The flu, short for influenza, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older adults, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications.
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that the flu season is unpredictable and constantly changing, with the severity and length of each season changing from year to year, flu season in the U.S. generally runs through the fall and winter.
The unknowns of the season underscore the importance to get vaccinated, the CDC reports, and take every day preventative measures to prevent spreading the virus, including staying away from sick people, washing hands frequently and staying home from work and school when sick to prevent exposing others.
Getting vaccinated before flu activity begins helps provide protection once flu season starts. It takes roughly two weeks following the vaccination for the body’s immune system to respond to provide the protection.
For more information about Riverside Health System and the 2020 flu shot clinic series, visit www.riversideonline.com/flu.
Published: September 14, 2020