Health Department Opens Flu Shots to Everyone

By: Marcus Washington
By: Marcus Washington

December 12, 2005

Today the Charlottesville-Albemarle Health Department opened their flu vaccine supply to anyone who wants to receive the shot.

Earlier this year, only those who were considered high risk could receive the vaccination at the health department.

Typically in February, the Charlottesville area sees a rise in people who catch the flu. Officials say right before the Christmas season is perfect time to get the shot.

"It takes about two weeks from the time you receive the vaccine until you get the optimum protection, therefore if you come now, get the shot, you're out visiting family and friends during the holidays, you're less likely to get the flu, and you're less likely to spread the flu.

If you are interested in receiving the flu shot, the health department will administer shots:

Mondays: 8:30 a.m. - Noon
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Thursdays: 8:30 a.m. - Noon
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 a.m.

The cost is $28, and officials say they will give the shot until their supply runs out. The health department is located at 1138 Rose Hill Dr. (434) 912-6219.

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