Flu shots available through RMH

The 2010-2011 seasonal influenza shot is available now at RMH physician practices and health centers.

This year’s flu shot provides protection against H1N1 and two other common flu viruses, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

“Influenza viruses are always changing, so annual vaccination is recommended,” said Stephen Phillips, MD, medical director, RMH Occupational Health. “The CDC recommends all those ages six months and older receive a flu shot this year. It’s important to get the vaccine as soon as possible to provide protection if the flu season comes early.”

The flu can occur at any time, but most influenza occurs from November through May. Each year scientists try to match the viruses in the vaccine to those most likely to cause flu that year, Dr. Phillips noted.

RMH flu clinics open to the public are as follows (walk-ins welcome, unless otherwise noted):

RMH East Rockingham Health Center

Tuesday and Thursday, 9-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m.

Saturday, 9-11 a.m.

RMH South Main Health Center

For established patients only. (Call 433-2554 for an appointment.)

Oct. 12-13 and 20-22

RMH Occupational Health Center

Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

RMH Mt. Jackson Health Center

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Wednesday, 8 a.m.-noon

RMH New Market Health Center

Oct. 14, 8 a.m.-noon

Oct. 19, 1-5 p.m.

Oct. 22, 8 a.m.-noon

James D. Evans, MD

For established patients only.

Oct. 14, 22, 28

Charges are billable to insurance. Patients should bring their insurance card with them. Self-pay for the seasonal flu shot is $24.

For more information on the flu vaccine, call the CDC at 800.232.4636 or visit www.cdc.gov/flu.

Edited by Chris Graham. Chris can be reached at freepress2@ntelos.net.

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