Free flu shots Oct. 26, 2016

The Henrico County Health Department will offer free flu vaccinations to the public Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 at clinics in western and eastern Henrico.

The seasonal flu shots will be provided from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Adult Education Center, 7850 Carousel Lane in western Henrico and from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road in eastern Henrico.

The vaccine will be available to individuals age 3 and older on a first-come, first-served basis. Nasal vaccine will not be offered at the clinics.

Flu, or influenza, is a serious disease that can be easily spread and lead to hospitalization and sometimes death, particularly in older adults. Flu season in the United States, when flu viruses are circulating at elevated levels, runs generally from early October through May. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce the chances of infection, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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