Satellite vaccination sites to open

By Nicole Bell - bio | email
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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Signs of the swine flu outbreak subsiding are evident in ER visits. Last month about 20 percent of all ER visits locally were due to flu like symptoms: that number has tumbled to 4 percent.

Today the Health Department also announced plans to open satellite vaccination sites. A former daycare center in Chesterfield will soon be home to a satellite vaccination site. It's one of two being launched in our area. The second site will be in Colonial Heights.

When folks come in they'll grab a registration form, have a seat and fill it out, then they'll be directed to a table where they'll be vaccinated. The goal, in part, is to get people in and out, as quickly as possible.

"What I plan to do is to try not to have any lines or too much waiting. They'll be a ticket system. We'll tell people they can come back any time before close of the day, so they don't have to wait for anybody that's in line with them," said Cynthia Hollar, Managing Nurse.

Health officials say the site is desperately needed to alleviate some of the congestion at H1-N1 clinics at local health departments.

"We still have a lot of people yet to be vaccinated - we share this building with social services. There's limited parking. It hasn't been the best environment," said Health Director Dr. Bill Nelson, Chesterfield Health District.

So far, more than a million doses of the vaccine have been shipped to the commonwealth.

"The vaccine is really starting to flow now - so it's more wildly available," Dr. Nelson said.

And although the outbreak of the swine flu virus has dropped, health officials say it'll likely be back in full force come January.

"It has had a huge impact. It's subsiding, but not going away - somebody can still catch it, get in trouble, and end up in ICU," said Dr. Nelson.

Back at the satellite site nurses say starting Wednesday they'll be prepared to vaccinate just about anyone against the deadly virus. Again the satellite vaccination site in Chesterfield and the one in Colonial Heights will open this Wednesday -- the swine flu shots are free and no appointment is needed. The sites are located at:

Chesterfield H1N1 Vaccination Site:  10185 Hull Street Road

Tuesday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 7p.m.

Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Colonial Heights H1N1 Vaccination Site:  20 Dunlop Village Circle

Tuesday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 7p.m.

Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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