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, Gloucester and Tappahannock.
Free flu shots will be available for ages 14 and up while supplies last at the following locations:
Peninsula Wellness and Fitness Center
Oct. 3, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
12650 Jefferson Ave., Newport News, VA 23602
Hampton Medical Office Building, First-floor Lobby
Oct. 17, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
850 Enterprise Pkwy., Hampton, VA 23666
Riverside Regional Medical Center, Tower Main Lobby
Nov. 2, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
500 J Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601
Greater Williamsburg Area
Riverside Doctors’ Hospital Williamsburg, First-floor Lobby
Oct. 10, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
1500 Commonwealth Ave., Williamsburg, VA 23185
Riverside Walter Reed Hospital, Conference Room
Oct. 24, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
7519 Hospital Dr., Gloucester, VA 23061
Riverside Tappahannock Hospital, First-floor Lobby
Oct. 24, 2019 from 9 a.m. to noon
618 Hospital Rd., Tappahannock, VA 22560
Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital, Conference Rooms 1 & 2
Oct. 8, 2019 from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.
20480 Market St., Onancock, VA 23417
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 2019 flu clinic series, visit riversideonline.com/flu.
Published: September 16, 2019