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Free flu shots across the Peninsula and Hampton Roads

(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)
(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Sentara HealthCare is hosting free drive-thru flu shot clinics at 12 locations across the Peninsula, Hampton Roads and Northeastern North Carolina.

The clinics will be on Oct. 10 – 8 a.m. to noon.

No appointment is needed. Flu shots will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis, while supplies last, according to a news release from Sentara.

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.

The drive-thru flu shot clinics are an opportunity for community members 18 years and older to receive a free flu shot without ever leaving their car. COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed at all times. A mask is required in order to get a flu shot.

A full list of locations can be found here: www.sentara.com/flushots

It is crucial to get the flu shot this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. We recommend getting your flu shot early this year, ideally during the month of October. Flu symptoms are very similar to those of COVID-19 and preventing the flu will save lives and preserve health care resources.

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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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