UPDATE: Free flu shots this week

By Gene Petriello - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - It's not too late to get your flu shot. You have several chances to get a free one this week.

There are three free clinics in Hanover at the Health Department:

  • Monday, 1:15 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 1:30 to 3:45 p.m. (completely booked)
  • Friday, 9 to 11:30 a.m.

You need to call the health department for an appointment. The number is 365-4313.

There's also a free flu clinic in Chesterfield on Tuesday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Smith-Wagner building on Lucy Corr Circle. Registration for the clinic is completely booked.

Linda Grisson is ready to go this flu season. She's vaccinated and for good reason, "To prevent us from getting the free and to protect us."

Already this year, hundreds of people have come out to the free flu clinics in Chesterfield County. But, if you're one of the procrastinators, tomorrow is your chance.

Leaders at the Chesterfield Health Department are hoping you'll show up. "The whole idea is to prevent the disease so we want to get ahead of that curve," says Dr. Parham Jaberi.

The curve is the soon to be increasing cases of flu in our area and that curve is quickly approaching.

"The typical flu season starts about now and then peaks in January, February. So, we may see an increase in the coming weeks," says Dr. Jaberi.

There are hundreds of both the nasal spray and regular shot in Chesterfield. But you need an appointment for tomorrow's clinic.

The same is true up in Hanover County where there are four clinics set, with the first one today.

"If you haven't gotten a flu shot yet, please come down! It's free. Come get your flu shot its very important and it will make a difference," urges Linda.

In fact, this years flu vaccine will protect you from the H1N1 virus too.

Tomorrow's clinic in Chesterfield will be the last one this year-- and could be the last one of the season -- unless there is demand after the new year.

Meanwhile in Hanover, leaders are stocked up and are planning more clinics in the future.

"It's wonderful. It's the greatest thing they can do and it's free. Come on people! It's free," adds Linda.

We have been told that, as of noon on Monday, nearly half of the about 300 slots open for tomorrow's clinic in Chesterfield County have been filled. You can call up to the last minute if you would like to get a shot, as long as there are slots open.

Meanwhile,  in Hanover, we are told that today's clinic is basically filled  up. But, there are spots open in the other three clinics.

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