About Chelyen Davis:
Chelyen Davis is health reporter for The Free Lance-Star
Plenty of flu vaccine out there
We have an instant messaging system here at the newspaper which allows you to send a computer message to everyone in the newsroom. I used it this afternoon to ask my colleagues if they had seen any “flu shots available” signs in the region.
Wallgreen’s on State Route 3 in Spotsylvania has posted signs in the grassy strip in front of the store, and I was curious about others. Judging by the responses I received, the signs are everywhere. Costco, CVS, Target and Rite Aid are offering flu shots. At the Walmart on U.S. 17 recently, they set up a special area inside the store to encourage customers to get their shots.
Dr. Brooke Rossheim, director of the Rappahannock Area Health District, this morning confirmed what seems obvious, that the supply of influenza vaccine “is not projected to be an issue” this year.
In addition, there will be only one shot this year. Last year health officials were recommending the seasonal flu shot and the H1N1 shot when that virus arrived. This year a portion of the formulation for the seasonal flu shot will be devoted to protecting against H1N1.
So should you get a shot? “Absolutely,” replied Dr. Tony Fiore this afternoon when I asked him that.
By the way, Fiore moved his practice in July to the new Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, where he is now an employee doctor. He had an office near Lake of the Woods for the last seven years. Now he’s in the Pogonia Medical Arts building beside the hospital.
Fiore said a “huge majority” of his patients have followed him to his new location. “That really makes my nurse and I proud,” he said, “because it’s a bit of drive to come out here. We’re going to do our best to make it worth the trip.”
(For more about this year’s flu shot program, see the story next week in the paper.)