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Riverside is giving out free flu shots. Here’s where and when

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Riverside Health System will administer free flu shots throughout the regions it serves in Williamsburg, Newport News, Hampton, the Eastern Shore and the Middle Peninsula.

With the coronavirus pandemic still lingering, facemasks will be required at all times at the clinic.

Temperature checks and additional safety screenings will be required prior to any patient receiving a flu shot, according to a news release from Riverside.

Patients must confirm they have none of the following symptoms: fever, cough, sore throat, chills, muscle pain, loss of taste or smell, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, headache, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.

Patients who are sick or show any of those symptoms should contact their physician before getting the flu vaccination.

In addition, patients who are under evaluation for COVID-19, waiting on viral test result, diagnosed with COVID-19 and not yet cleared to discontinue isolation, or have had prolonged contact with anyone with confirmed COVID-19 should also contact their physician before getting the flu vaccination, according to the news release.

Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older adults, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications.

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that the flu season is unpredictable and constantly changing, with the severity and length of each season changing from year to year, flu season in the U.S. generally runs through the fall and winter.

The unknowns of the season underscore the importance to get vaccinated and take every day preventative measures to prevent spreading the virus, including staying away from sick people, washing hands frequently and staying home from work and school when sick to prevent exposing others, according to the CDC.

Getting vaccinated before flu activity begins helps provide protection once flu season starts. It takes roughly two weeks following the vaccination for the body’s immune system to respond to provide the protection.

Free drive thru and walk up flu shots will be available for ages 14 and older while supplies last at the following locations:

  • Thursday, Sept. 24, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Drive-Thru and Outdoor (park and walk-up) ClinicRiverside Medical Offices
    856 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Suite A, Newport News
  • Saturday, Oct. 3, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Drive-Thru Clinic
    Riverside Medical Office Building – Hampton
    850 Enterprise Parkwa, Hampton
  • Monday, Oct. 5, 1 to 5 p.m. – Drive-Thru Clinic
    Riverside Cape Charles Medical Center
    216 Mason Ave., Cape Charles
  • Wednesday, Oct. 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Outdoor Clinic (park and walk up) Riverside Wellness & Fitness Center – Peninsula
    12650 Jefferson Ave., Newport News
  • Thursday, Oct. 8, 1 to 5 p.m. – Drive-Thru Clinic Eastern Shore Family Medicine, 10085 William F. Bernart Circle, Nassawadox
  • Wednesday, Oct. 14, 1 to 5 p.m. – Drive-Thru Clinic Riverside Shore Medical Center at Metompkin, 17385 Lankford Highway, Parksley
  • Saturday, Oct. 17, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Drive-Thru Clinic Newport News Medical Office Building by Riverside Regional Medical Center, 500 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News
  • Thursday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Drive-Thru Clinic Riverside Walter Reed Hospital, 7519 Hospital Drive, Gloucester
  • Wednesday, Oct. 28, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Drive-Thru Clinic Riverside Doctors’ Hospital Williamsburg, 1500 Commonwealth Ave., Williamsburg

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John Mangalonzo (john@localdailymedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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