While they last, the Richmond City Health District is offering free flu vaccinations to the public. Health officials say it is not too late to get protection from the flu. Influenza illness frequently peaks in February and flu season can be active into April and May.
Walk-in flu shots are available at the 400 E. Cary Street clinic for infants age 6-months and older, and all adults. Hours are Monday through Thursday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., and Fridays 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Free flu shots for adults only are scheduled at the following health department Resource Centers:
- Mondays – Creighton Resource Center, 2150 Creighton Road
- Tuesdays – Gilpin Resource Center, 436 Calhoun Street
- Wednesdays – Mosby Resource Center, 1536 Coalter Street
- Thursdays – 1742 Clarkson Road, Apt. A
Early indications are that this flu season is milder than last year’s, but cases are starting to increase.
Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control estimated between 6 million and 7 million people have contracted the flu since the season began in October. Between 69,000 and 84,000 people have been hospitalized because of the flu across the country, according to the CDC.
Even though the flu is considered widespread in Virginia, Richmond area activity has been moderate.
However, that could change before the flu season is over.
In addition to flu vaccination, other precautions to avoid getting the flu include frequently washing your hands, covering your coughs and sneezes into your elbow, and avoiding people who are sick. If someone does come down with the flu, they should stay home from work or school to avoid passing the virus to others.
For more information about the free flu vaccinations offered by the Richmond City Health District, call 804-482-5500.