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King George physician to remember late wife by offering free flu shots

Dr. Roberto Canizares will again honor the memory of his late wife by sponsoring a free flu shot clinic for the public.

Dr. Teresita Canizares and Dr. Roberto Canizares (Photo courtesy of the family.)

The clinic will be held on Sunday, Oct. 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Fredericksburg Health Department office at 608 Jackson St.

Canizares said this week that he has purchased 350 doses of flu vaccine, which he will give away free on a first-come, first-served basis to those 9 and older. Volunteers will help him administer the shots.

Canizares operates a general medical practice in King George County. He and his wife, Dr. Teresita Canizares, were volunteer vaccinators for 15 years at a local free flu shot clinic. Teresita Canizares, who worked for the Rappahannock Area Health District for many years, died of lung cancer in 2008.

Roberto Canizares decided that a good way to remember his wife would be to once again give away flu shots. This is the third year that he has sponsored his clinic.

(The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sponsors a flu-shot finder here. The site is not yet operational but will go online when the flu season begins.)