ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - It’s that time of year, the flu will be making the rounds soon. The Thomas Jefferson Health District is hosting two free vaccine clinics.

Doctors say getting the shot is the best way to make sure you don't get sick this year.

“It's really important that people get their flu shot every year because - one the vaccine won’t take effect for a full year and each year the flu strain maybe just a little bit different from the year before. It's really hard to predict from one year to the next what that's going to look like,” said Ryan McKay, Thomas Jefferson Health District.

One clinic will be held at the Scottsville Library on Tuesday, November 5 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The other will be on November 14 at the Arc of Piedmont from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Both are first come, first serve.

Albemarle County Press Release:

Flu season is fast approaching. To keep residents safe and healthy, we are sharing information about two free flu vaccination clinics hosted by the Thomas Jefferson Health District.

The first clinic will be hosted at the Scottsville Library on Tuesday, November 5th from 1 - 3 p.m. and the second at the Arc of the Piedmont on November 14th from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Please consider the following facts about the flu to help you make healthy choices this season:

The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine every year. Flu strains change from year to year, meaning that your body's immunity to last year's flu may not protect you from the current strain.

Flu activity typically begins as early as October and can continue til May, but the highest peaks occur in January and February.

Everyone age six months and older should get a flu shot each year as soon as the vaccine is available.

The flu vaccine cannot give you the flu! If you start to feel a little ill after getting the vaccine, it means that you were likely exposed to the flu before or during the two-week period it takes for your body to gain protection after getting vaccinated.

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