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Here's How to Beat the New Flu Season

Protect yourself by being at these places, at these times.

Does it feel like fall yet? I'm not talking about Fairfax City's latest brush with sub-degree windiness, changing leaves or the smell of wood stoves. How about sniffles? Fever? Achiness? Sore throat?

Here's when/where you can get this year's flu shot. It's good to get it early, before you use up the last of your sick work days by actually being sick.

  • Drop by Fairfax County libraries on these dates for shots courtesy of the county health department and INOVA.
  • Most Safeways in the city and surrounding areas offer shots from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. They're not the only ones. Contact your Harris Teeters, Whole Foods Markets and Blooms for their schedules.
  • Walk-in hours are available for those near county health clinics. Click here for locations and times.
  • Check with your doctor or pharmacist for their flu schedule. You should be able to drop the "flu shot" mention at your regular checkups.

Did you get the flu shot last year? Sorry, the benefits don't roll over into this flu season. This year's shot protects against H3N2, influenza B and H1N1 viruses.

Shop around for the best flu shot prices (they vary depending on who you go to). If the price seems too high, try somewhere else. Look for prices around what the libraries offer: $30 for shots or Medicare Part B.

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