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September 30, 2019

Free flu shots will be offered Oct. 17 at LHS in Bealeton

Free flu shots will be available Thursday, Oct. 17, at Liberty High School in Bealeton.

The Rappahannock‐Rapidan Health District will conduct public health emergency exercises, offering free flu shots starting at 4 p.m. The agency will have 150 doses of vaccine, available to anyone 3 years and older on a first‐come, first‐served basis, until 7 p.m. or until the supply of flu vaccine runs out.

Flu shot clinics also will be available during the same hours Thursday, Oct. 10, at Prospect Heights Middle School in Orange and Thursday, Oct. 24, at Rappahannock High School in Washington, Va.

The exercises seek to simulate a mass vaccination event in which the health department and local agencies would work together so community members could be vaccinated efficiently during a time of emergency, according to VDH spokesperson Kathy Hatter. An example would be a worldwide outbreak of influenza— also known as an influenza pandemic.

Rappahannock‐Rapidan Medical Reserve Corps volunteers will assist health department staff with this exercise. The vaccine is provided by the Virginia Department of Health, Office of Emergency Preparedness.

“Getting your flu vaccine is the best way to protect you, your family, friends and co‐workers from getting the flu,” said RRHD Director Wade Kartchner, M.D. “Practice good hygiene by frequently washing your hands or using alcohol‐based sanitizers when water is unavailable. Always cover your cough and sneezes, stay at home when you are sick, and limit your contact with others who are sick.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that influenza has resulted in as many as 49 million illnesses, up to 960,000 hospitalizations and between 12,000 – 79,000 deaths annually in the U.S. since 2010.

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