Free drive-thru flu vaccine clinic held at NRV Fairgrounds

Published: Oct. 4, 2022 at 5:47 AM EDT
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DUBLIN, Va. (WDBJ) - Tuesday, the New River Health District is hosting a free drive-thru flu vaccine clinic.

It’s happening from noon to 7 p.m. at the NRV Fairgrounds, 5581 Fair Grounds Circle in Dublin.

The free vaccine will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to people eight years old and older.

According to the health district, around two hundred thousand people are hospitalized because of the flu in the US every year.

“Getting the flu shot, according to some studies, reduces your risk of hospitalization by 30 to 50 percent, so that’s important. Getting the shot might keep you out of the hospital or from progressing to the more severe symptoms,” said Jason Deese, New River Health District Epidemiologist.

That’s why Deese said getting the vaccine is so important, especially before flu season really gets going.

“Flu season typically is from late fall all the way into spring, sometimes goes as late as May, and so it’s important to get your shot before flu season starts, so that you have some level of protection. It does take a couple of weeks to establish immunity,” said Deese.

“We’re trying to serve the people who don’t otherwise have access or availability,” Director of the New River Health District Dr. Noelle Bissell said. “We try to get out into our community meet people where they are, provide a free and convenient service as best we can or at least a low cost service.”

If you do plan on going, you’re asked to wear loose clothing around the arm so someone can give you the shot without you even leaving your car.