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Riverside Hosting Free Flu Clinics in Williamsburg, Coastal Virginia

Riverside Health System is providing free flu shots across the peninsula (WYDaily/ Courtesy of Pixabay)
(WYDaily file)

NEWPORT NEWS — Riverside Health System announced Tuesday it will host several free vaccination clinics throughout the region to promote flu vaccination.

These walk-up and drive-thru clinics will allow patients 9 years of age and older to receive the flu vaccine. Riverside will conduct a drive-thru at Williamsburg Grove Christian Outreach Center on Wednesday, Oct. 18 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

“Flu season is right around the corner, and getting your flu shot is an easy and effective way to protect yourself and others,” says Dr. Tom Kayrouz, chief clinical operations officer. “Typically, it takes your body two to four weeks to develop an immune response from the vaccination, so the sooner you can get the flu vaccine before flu season begins, the better.”

Riverside cautioned patients who are sick with any of the following symptoms should attend one of the free flu vaccination clinics after these symptoms have been resolved:

  • Fever (greater than 100.4 degrees)
  • New-onset cough
  • Sore throat
  • Chills
  • New loss of taste or sense of smell
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Congestion or runny nose not related to allergies

Additionally, it said patients who are under evaluation for COVID-19, are waiting on viral test results, have had prolonged contact with anyone with confirmed COVID-19, or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and are not yet cleared to discontinue home isolation should contact their provider before getting a flu vaccination.

“Riverside has offered free flu vaccination clinics for more than eight years,” says Sally Ryan, vice president and chief operating officer of Riverside Medical Group. “This year, we’re expanding our outreach efforts by partnering with churches in the area to host vaccine clinics on their campuses. Our hope is to reach more of our community members in need by increasing access to free flu vaccines closer to home.”

Dates and locations:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 27, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Drive-Thru
    New Beech Grove Baptist Church
    361 Beechmont Drive in Newport News
  • Wednesday, Oct. 4, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | Drive-Thru
    Riverside Wellness & Fitness Center Peninsula
    12650 Jefferson Ave. in Newport News
  • Wednesday, Oct. 4, 9 a.m.-noon | Walk-Up
    Eastern Shore Family Medicine
    10085 William F. Bernart Circle in Nassawadox
  • Saturday, Oct. 7, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Drive-Thru
    Riverside Hampton Medical Office Building
    850 Enterprise Parkway in Hampton
  • Wednesday, Oct. 11, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Drive-Thru
    Riverside Walter Reed Hospital
    7519 Hospital Drive in Gloucester
  • Wednesday, Oct. 11, 9 a.m.-noon | Walk-Up
    Riverside Shore Medical Center at Metompkin
    17385 Lankford Highway in Parksley
  • Wednesday, Oct. 18, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Drive-Thru
    Williamsburg Grove Christian Outreach Center
    8800 Pocahontas Trail in Williamsburg
  • Saturday, Oct. 21, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Drive-Thru
    Riverside School of Nursing
    316 Main St. in Newport News
  • Wednesday, Oct. 25, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Drive-Thru
    Main Street Baptist Church
    517 Main St. in Smithfield
  • Wednesday, Nov. 1, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Drive-Thru
    Riverside Brentwood Medical Center
    10510 Jefferson Ave. in Newport News
  • Wednesday, Nov. 8, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Drive-Thru
    Riverside Primary Clinic – Community Clinic
    727 25th St. in Newport News

For more information on the flu and COVID-19 vaccines, visit riversideonline.com/flu.

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