As part of its commitment to building a healthier community, Riverside Doctors' Hospital will administer free flu shots, for people ages 14 and up while supplies last, on the following date:
Thursday, Oct. 11, 8 a.m. to noon
Riverside Doctors' Hospital Williamsburg - Main Lobby
1500 Commonwealth Ave.
Calling it the "number one thing people can do" to protect themselves from the flu, O.T. Adcock, Jr., M.D., RPh, a family practice physician who also serves as Associate Medical Director with Riverside Medical Group said "there's almost no reason not to get a flu shot."
The flu, short for influenza, is a contagious respiratory illness caused 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.
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 unknowns of the season underscore the importance to get vaccinated, the CDC reports, and take every day preventative measures to prevent spreading the virus, 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 respond to provide the protection.
For more information about Riverside Health System and the 2018 flu clinic series, visit riversideonline.com/flu.
For more information about Doctors' Hospital and its services, please visit Riversideonline.com/choose.
ABOUT RIVERSIDE DOCTORS' HOSPITAL WILLIAMSBURG
Riverside Doctors' Hospital Williamsburg opened in May 2013. Part of Riverside Health System, eastern Virginia's premiere provider of health care services since 1915, Riverside Doctors' Hospital offers state-of-the-art care, comfort, and convenience for the community. The two-story, approximately 100,000-square-foot facility offers 40 private patient rooms, 33 medical/surgical patient rooms and seven intensive care rooms. The full-service emergency department has 12 private patient rooms and surgical services features two operating rooms, with a third under construction. Riverside Doctors' Hospital is a Certified Primary Stroke Center, is designated as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology by the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists and has NICHE Exemplar Status, a commitment to highest quality care of older adults.
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