No appointment needed. Flu shots to be administered on a first come, first served basis.
Onancock, VA – As part of its commitment to building a healthier community, Riverside on the Eastern Shore will administer free flu shots Thursday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Parksley and Cape Charles.
Free flu shots will be available for ages 14 and up while supplies last. No appointment is needed.
The free flu shots will be available at the following locations:
Riverside Shore Medical Center at Metompkin
17385 Lankford Highway, Parksley, VA 23421
Riverside Cape Charles Medical Center
216 Mason Ave., Cape Charles, VA 23310
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that the flu season is unpredictable and constantly changing, with the severity and length of each season changing from year to year, flu season in the U.S. generally runs through the fall and winter.
The flu, short for influenza, is a contagious respiratory illness causes by a virus. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older adults, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications.
The unknowns of the season underscore the importance of getting vaccinated according to the CDC. Limiting the spread of flu requires everyday preventative measures, including staying away from sick people, washing hands frequently and staying home from work and school when sick to prevent exposing others.
Getting vaccinated before flu activity begins helps provide protection once flu season starts. It takes roughly two weeks following the vaccination for the body’s immune system to provide full protection.