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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Kickoff event offers free flu shots and health screening to the public

National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), December 8-14, is a national observance established to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccinations through the holidays and New Year.

This year, Richmond has been selected as the “publicity city” to launch National Influenza Vaccination Week and spotlight the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention initiative that works with communities throughout the United States to encourage increased flu vaccination for underserved and underinsured members of the community.

On Monday, December 9 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Fresh Anointing Cathedral, 3001 2nd Avenue, the Richmond City Health District, Walgreens, City leaders, the Mayor’s Healthy Richmond Campaign, HMA Associates and partners are sponsoring a National Influenza Vaccination Week kickoff event with free flu vaccinations, health screenings, and holiday fun.

Flu vaccination is especially recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older, and especially for those in high risk categories. People at high risk for developing serious flu complications include children younger than age five, people age 65 and older, pregnant women, and people with certain long-term medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes and persons with compromised immune systems.

Health officials say it’s not too late to get vaccination protection against the flu. Flu season in the United States typically extends into the month of April, with peak activity occurring in the months after the New Year. For more information about the free flu shot and health screening event at Fresh Anointing Cathedral on December 9, call (804)205-3731 or visit

Click here to view the event flyer. Click here for the Spanish version of the event flyer.

Posted by Office of the Press Secretary to the Mayor at 1:53 PM

By adminVR

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