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Flu shots begin this week from health department

By Jean Jadhon, jjadhon@wdbj7.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 06:26:43 AM EST
Updated On: Sep 11 2013 05:53:20 PM EDT

It's sunny and hot outside so the flu is probably not on your mind but flu season is not too far away and this week the health department is opening flu shot clinics.

ROANOKE, Va. -

It's that time of year again- time to get a flu shot.

Beginning this week the Virginia Department of Health is offering flu shots at several locations around Southwest Virginia.

The health department accepts all forms of insurance and will also make arrangements for people who are not insured or who can't afford to pay the out of pocket expense.

The health department recommends flu shots for everyone ages 6 months and older.

Here is more information  from the Virginia Department of Health on where you can get a flu shot.

The Community Wellness Center at Valley View Mall

Community Wellness Center- lower level next to Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and Barnes and Noble Booksellers. Clinics are through December on Wednesdays and Saturdays (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day)

Note: CLINICS ARE CLOSED November 27 and 30, December 21, 25 and 28

Roanoke City Health Department

1502 Williamson Rd., N.E., 2nd floor, Roanoke

Walk-in clinic Fridays (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Thursdays (4 to 6 p.m.)

Call 540-283-5050 for an appointment, or to check on additional walk-in hours.

Note: CLINICS ARE CLOSED November 28 and 29

Salem Health Department

105 East Calhoun St., Salem
Walk-in clinic Fridays (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Call 540-387-5530 for an appointment, or to check on additional walk-in hours.
Note: CLINICS ARE CLOSED November 29

Vinton Health Department
227 S. Pollard St., Vinton
Walk-in clinic Fridays (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Call 540-759-3636 for an appointment, or to check on additional walk-in hours.
Note: CLINICS ARE CLOSED November 29

Covington Health Department
321 Beech St., Covington
Walk-in clinic Fridays (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Call 540-962-2173 for an appointment, or to check on additional walk-in hours.
Note: CLINICS ARE CLOSED November 29
Craig County Health Department
161 Main St., New Castle
Walk-in clinic Fridays (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Call 540-864-5136 for an appointment, or to check on additional walk-in hours.
Note: CLINICS ARE CLOSED November 29

Botetourt County Health Department
21 Academy St., Fincastle
Walk-in clinic Fridays (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Call 540-473-8240 for an appointment, or to check on additional walk-in hours.
Note: CLINICS ARE CLOSED November 29

Here is the flu clinic schedule for West Piedmont Health District:


Franklin County Health Department

Each Tuesday-call 540-484-0292 for an appointment

Patrick County Health Department
Each Thursday morning-call 276-693-2070 for an appointment

Henry-Martinsville Health Department

Each Monday, times vary-call 276-638-2311
Flu and free Tdap clinic to be held at the National Guard Armory September 25 9-12 for adults and children.

To prevent the spread of the flu, practice the following precautions:
· Get the flu vaccine – it is the single best way to prevent the flu and to protect yourself, your neighbors and your loved ones;
· Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub;
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way;
· Try to avoid close contact with sick people;
· Practice good health habits. Get plenty of sleep and exercise, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat healthy foods;
· Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. If a tissue is not available, sneeze or cough into your sleeve;
· If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine; and
· Use antiviral drugs if your doctor recommends them.


For more information, visit
www.vdh.virginia.gov/Epidemiology/factsheets/Influenza.htm;
www.vdh.virginia.gov/Epidemiology/Surveillance/Influenza; and
www.flu.gov.