WINCHESTER, Va. - In an effort to get people immunized against the flu, the Lord Fairfax Health District announced it is offering no-cost flu shots to residents.
The Health Department is currently accepting walk-ins at the Department's offices in Winchester, Front Royal, Berryville, Woodstock, and Luray until offices run out of vaccinations.
According to the District's Director Dr. Colin Greene, offices have enough supplies to vaccinate about 300 people. Anyone with health insurance will have their insurance billed, while anyone without insurance can get the shot for free.
Although flu season typically begins around November to December, Greene says it can last until May.
"Flu season is a late winter, early spring event and it's just getting rolling," he said. "It takes about two weeks to fully immunize you, so the longer you wait, the more likely you are to get sick."
Greene says about 70,000 people in the United States died last year from the flu or flu-related complications. Most of those people fell into the Department's 'high risk' category, including the elderly, young children, people with chronic illnesses, and women who were pregnant or had recently given birth.
Greene reminds people that they cannot get the flu from a flu shot.
"It is biologically not possible to get the flu from the flu shot. There is no active virus in the flu shot," he said. "If you get the shot and you get the flu a few days later, you would've gotten the flu anyway because you got it from some natural source."
For locations or more information on how to get a flu shot through the Lord Fairfax Health District, visit their website.