The Fairfax County Health Department will operate a mass vaccination clinic on Saturday, November 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center (12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035). The vaccine is voluntary and will be offered on a walk-in basis, free of charge. Seasonal flu vaccine will not be available at this clinic.
This clinic will target people in the CDC priority groups who have not yet received their first dose of H1N1 vaccine:
Parents seeking a second dose of H1N1 vaccine for their children (who are under 10 years of age and received a first dose of H1N1 vaccine at least 28 days ago) may choose to receive vaccine through: (A) one of the Health Department’s five District Offices starting November 23; (B) this mass vaccination clinic; or (C) their health care provider if they have H1N1 vaccine. Parents must bring the “Influenza Vaccination Record” card, that they received when the first dose was administered, to the vaccination site.
The Health Department has the capacity to vaccinate a maximum of 12,000 people on November 21. To help reduce crowds and keep the line moving, only those who are in the target group to be vaccinated should plan to come to the clinic.
In DC, there is an H1N1 vaccination clinic at North Michigan Park (1333 Emerson St. NW) Bald Eagle Recreation Center (100 Joliet St. SW), open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21.
The H1N1 vaccine clinics will continue to serve the following priority groups in every ward once a week for the next two weeks:
• Pregnant women and youth ages 6 months to 24 years
• Adults with underlying health conditions such as asthma and diabetes
• Caregivers of children under 6 months
• Healthcare workers
The vaccine is now expected to arrive at pharmacies after the week of November 23. DOH will continue to update District residents as it gets new information regarding H1N1 and vaccine availability. Residents can still find regular updates and additional information on H1N1 at flu.dc.gov or by calling the Mayor’s Citywide Call Center at 311.
To prevent coming down with the flu before getting the vaccine and spreading the virus after receiving the vaccine residents are reminded to continue following these simple steps: