Flu season is here. The flu shot is recommended for people who live with- or care for- people at high risk, and the health department recommends flu shots for everyone ages 6 months and older. Those who are around a lot of people throughout the day should also be vaccinated. Take care of yourself and your neighbors in your apartment in Roanoke, VA and get your flu shot if you have not gotten one already.
The Virginia Department of Health is offering flu shots at several locations around Roanoke. The health department accepts all forms of insurance and will also make arrangements for people and students who are not insured or who can't afford to pay the out of pocket expense.
Here is more information on where you can get a flu shot around Roanoke.
The Community Wellness Center at Valley View Mall
Community Wellness Center- lower level next to Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and Barnes and Noble Booksellers. Clinics are through December on Wednesdays and Saturdays (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day)
Note: CLINICS ARE CLOSED November 27 and 30, December 21, 25 and 28
Roanoke City Health Department
1502 Williamson Rd., N.E., 2nd floor, Roanoke
Walk-in clinic Fridays (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Thursdays (4 to 6 p.m.)
Call 540-283-5050 for an appointment, or to check on additional walk-in hours.
Note: CLINICS ARE CLOSED November 28 and 29
Salem Health Department
105 East Calhoun St., Salem
Walk-in clinic Fridays (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Call 540-387-5530 for an appointment, or to check on additional walk-in hours.
Note: CLINICS ARE CLOSED November 29
To prevent the spread of the flu, practice the following precautions:
- Get the flu vaccine – it is the single best way to prevent the flu and to protect yourself, your neighbors and your loved ones;
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub;
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way;
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people;
- Practice good health habits. Get plenty of sleep and exercise, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat healthy foods;
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. If a tissue is not available, sneeze or cough into your sleeve;
- If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine; and
- Use antiviral drugs if your doctor recommends them.
The flu shot is approved for use in people older than 6 months, including healthy people and people with chronic medical conditions. Often people wonder if they should get a flu vaccine or the “flu shot”. Stay healthy.