Virginia Influenza Widespread, Still Time To Vaccinate
Influenza has been officially declared as widespread throughout the state of Virginia, and the American Lung Association wants Virginians to know that vaccinations remain an effective way to prevent contracting the infection.
“It is not too late to be vaccinated,” said Jamie C. Hey, M.D., a physician at the Pulmonary Associates of Richmond and a member of the Virginia Thoracic Society. “All Virginians need to take steps to protect themselves from influenza and to prevent its spread where it does occur.”
The American Lung Association offers the largest online directory of public influenza vaccination clinics, at www.flucliniclocator.org. The Flu Clinic Locator includes more than 40,000 clinic locations across the country, searchable by ZIP code. It also provides the option to set up an appointment e-mail reminder, along with the option to sign up for influenza-specific updates throughout the season.
The American Lung Association in Virginia has teamed up with Passport Health to offer coupons for influenza vaccines. Passport Health, the largest provider of travel medical and immunization services in the United States, offers a $30 coupon that is redeemable for a flu shot at any Passport Health location. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the American Lung Association in Virginia. To obtain the certificate, visit https://www.passageware.com/flu-coupon/ala/. A list of Passport Health locations is available on the company’s website at http://www.passporthealthusa.com/locations/.
Influenza is a serious respiratory illness. On average, 36,000 Americans die and 226,000 people are hospitalized each year due to influenza and its complications. The annual vaccination is the first and most important step in preventing influenza. Vaccinations take effect in two weeks.
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by fighting for healthy lungs and clean air. The regional American Lung Association of the Atlantic Coast Inc., working in Virginia as the American Lung Association in Virginia, serves communities in Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina. For information about the American Lung Association in Virginia, call 1-800-LUNG-USA or visit www.lungva.org.