Each year, influenza—better known as the flu—causes millions of illnesses in the United States, and people age 65 and older account for the majority of flu hospitalizations and deaths. An annual flu vaccine is the best way to reduce your risk of getting sick.
To help protect older adults in our community, the Fairfax County Health Department and Department of Neighborhood and Community Services are offering flu vaccination clinics at select Senior Centers. This service begins on October 6 and is available to residents 18 and older by appointment only (see dates below).
The Health Department is urging everyone 6 months of age and older to get the flu vaccine. This year is especially important since flu symptoms are similar to COVID-19 infection, another respiratory illness. Getting a flu vaccine this season will reduce symptoms that may be confused with COVID-19 and limit the number of illnesses, hospitalizations, and intensive care unit admissions, alleviating stress on the health care system.
For your safety, appointments are limited, and face masks and temperature checks will be required. Don’t wait – take control of your health this season and get a flu vaccine!
To make your appointment, call 703-246-6010*, TTY 711. For more information, visit fairfaxcounty.gov/health/flu.
To find other places in the community to get a flu vaccine, visit www.vaccinefinder.org.
*Pneumonia vaccine also available. Must be requested when making your appointment.
**The high dose flu vaccine will not be available. Individuals needing a high dose vaccine should contact their health care provider.
Flu Vaccination Clinics for Adults
October 6, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Herndon Senior Center, 873 Grace St., Herndon
October 19, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Lincolnia Senior Center, 4710 N. Chambliss St., Alexandria
October 26, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Original Mt. Vernon High School, 8333 Richmond Hwy., Alexandria
November 2, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Little River Glen Senior Center, 4001 Barker Ct., Fairfax
November 9, 9am - 3:30pm
Lewinsville Senior Center, 1613 Great Falls St., McLean
5 Simple Steps to Stop the Spread of Germs
In addition to getting vaccinated against the flu, these simple steps can help stop the spread of germs and protect you from getting sick:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick, which will help prevent others from catching your illness.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
- Clean your hands often.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.