Free swine flu vaccine coming soon

By Melissa Correa - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - New information came today from Chesterfield health experts who briefed school board members a short while ago. The swine flu vaccine will soon be available and it will be free. They also stressed the importance of getting school-aged kids vaccinated.

They're health precautions we've heard for months: cover your cough, wash your hands, and if you feel sick-stay home. What may sound like a broken record- is now the best defense against the possibility of a second wave of the outbreak.

"This year it looks like we're going to have flu season starting in the middle of September and running through gosh knows when, and then we might have another flu season starting again in January," said Dr. William Nelson, Chesterfield Health District.

Dr. Nelson says parents don't need to panic, rather be precautious.

"It in fact does target school-age children because that's the population that seems to be getting more of it. They are more susceptible because their immune systems have never seen this before," he said.

According to the presentation, this go around, schools will not shut down. And once the H1N1 vaccine is available, children can get inoculated at school or at other area clinics.

"And if more children get it than usual, then we may see more complications, more hospitalizations and sadly enough, possibly more fatalities," said Nelson.

Expect the H1N1 vaccines to be available next month across central Virginia. They are free to everyone and any age. It should be coupled with the regular flu shot. Dr. Nelson will be updating Chesterfield residents about every two weeks with the latest on this new flu strain.

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