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Saturday, September 10, in Gloucester, Isle of Wight, Newport News, Suffolk and Virginia Beach

HAMPTON ROADS, VA (August 30, 2011) – Residents of Hampton Roads can add one more thing to the list of things they can do from a car window. Adults looking for convenient and cost-effective flu shots can roll down their window and roll up their sleeve at Sentara locations around Hampton Roads.

Sentara offers drive-thru flu shots, Sept. 10, 2011. Sentara offers drive-thru flu shots on Saturday, September 10, from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., at five Sentara locations in Gloucester, Isle of Wight, Newport News, Suffolk and Virginia Beach. (Shots will be offered while supplies last.) As a community service, the flu shots are offered at a cost of $10. Cash and checks. The drive-thru flu shots are for adults ONLY. Child vaccinations are not available at these clinics.

This year’s vaccine formulation is designed to protect against the three virus strains that scientists believe will be most prevalent during the coming flu season. It also includes the same virus strains used for the 2010-2011 season. 

Sentara BelleHarbour
3920 A Bridge Road
Suffolk, VA 23435
(Fronting Route 17 near the Bennett’s Creek area)

Sentara Gloucester Medical Arts
5659 Parkway Drive
Gloucester, VA 23061
(Located on Route 17 at entrance to Gloucester Business Park)

Sentara Port Warwick
1031 Loftis Boulevard
Newport News, VA 23606
(Located at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Loftis Boulevard)

Sentara Princess Anne
1975 Glenn Mitchell Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
(Located off of Concert Drive)

Sentara St. Luke's
20209 Sentara Way
Carrollton, VA 23314
(Located off Route 258/Brewers Neck Blvd.)

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone over the age of 6 months get a flu vaccine. It's especially important for the following groups to get vaccinated for flu annually either because they are at high risk of serious flu-related complications or they are caring for people at high risk:

• Pregnant women.
• Children younger than five, but especially children younger than two years old.
• People 50 years of age and older.
• People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions.
• People living in nursing homes and other long-term facilities.
• People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu.
• Health care workers.
• Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu.
• Household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of children less than six months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated).

While everyone who is eligible to get a flu vaccine is encouraged to get one, Sentara will NOT offer vaccine to those who:

• Are under 18 years of age (contact your health department or pediatrician for child immunization information.)
• Are allergic to eggs or egg products.
• Have a fever greater than 100.5 degrees on the day of the vaccination.
• Have had a severe reaction to thimerosol or formaldehyde
• Have ever been paralyzed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

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