Free Public H1N1 Vaccine Clinics Open; It's Not Too Late To Benefit From Shot

Following a late December announcement by the Virginia Commissioner of Health, the H1N1 vaccine is now being offered widely to the community at large at the following Free H1N1 Flu Vaccination Clinics.

“[It] is not too late to get vaccinated. The flu season runs through April,” noted Dr. S. William Berg, Hampton Health District Director.

Free H1N1 Vaccination Clinics

http://www.sentara.com/SiteCollectionImages/arrow_content_blue.gifHampton River Medical Arts Building, on Sentara CarePlex Hospital Campus
4000 Coliseum Drive
Hampton, Virginia 23666
January 14, 21, and 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

http://www.sentara.com/SiteCollectionImages/arrow_content_blue.gif Sentara Port Warwick located off Jefferson Avenue in Newport News
Port Warwick II, 2nd Floor conference room
1031 Loftis Boulevard
Newport News, VA 23606
January 13, 20 and 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Hampton Health and Peninsula Health Districts also offer H1N1 vaccines from the following offices:

http://www.sentara.com/SiteCollectionImages/arrow_content_blue.gifVictoria Center
3130 Victoria Blvd
Hampton, Virginia 23661.
Call: 311 (in Hampton) or (757) 727-8311 to confirm hours.

http://www.sentara.com/SiteCollectionImages/arrow_content_blue.gifLaSalle Center
1320 LaSalle Avenue
Hampton, VA 23669-3801
Call 311 (in Hampton) or (757) 727-8311 to confirm hours.

http://www.sentara.com/SiteCollectionImages/arrow_content_blue.gifJ. Clyde Morris Center
416 J. Clyde Morris Blvd.,
Newport News, VA 23601
Call (757) 594-7305 to confirm hours

Previously, the Virginia Department of Health administered vaccine according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to priority groups including:
http://www.sentara.com/SiteCollectionImages/arrow_content_blue.gifPregnant women
http://www.sentara.com/SiteCollectionImages/arrow_content_blue.gifFamily and caregivers for children younger than 6 months old
http://www.sentara.com/SiteCollectionImages/arrow_content_blue.gifHealth care workers and emergency services personnel
http://www.sentara.com/SiteCollectionImages/arrow_content_blue.gifAnyone 6 months to 24 years old
http://www.sentara.com/SiteCollectionImages/arrow_content_blue.gifAnyone 25 through 64 years with chronic medical conditions including people with blood disorders (including sickle cell disease), chronic lung disease like asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes; heart disease except hypertension; liver, kidney, neurological and neuromuscular disorders; weakened immune systems; or people younger than 19 on long-term aspirin therapy.

This information was extracted from the Sentara News Release posted at:
http://www.sentara.com/News/NewsArchives/2009/Pages/Sentara-Collaborates-with-Hampton-and-Peninsula-Health-Districts-to-Offer-H1N1-Vaccine-to-Community.aspx

JLab Occupational Medicine staff members note that "JLab is very low on the state's priorities list so they had to ration the 30 doses they recently received. The vaccines were offered to individuals with health conditions that could put them at greater risk of complications from contracting H1N1. Since Occupational Medicine doesn't know if or when it will get more vaccine, staff members aren't compiling a waiting list. They say that if you'd like the vaccine, getting it at one of these free H1N1 vaccine clinics is a good idea.
JLab staff members that have attended recent Sentara clinics say that the lines are short and the vaccination process has gone very quickly.



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