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Health Department Wants Alexandria Seniors to Get High-Dose Flu Shot

The Alexandria Health Department is advising senior citizens to get a high-dose influenza vaccine this flu season.

“Flu vaccination is particularly important for senior residents, who account for most hospitalizations and deaths from flu, and are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, which shares many characteristics of flu,” according to a city release. “AHD Medical Reserve Corps recently conducted an informal phone survey of more than 50 Alexandria pharmacies, and found that most of them either have the Senior Flu Shot available currently or will soon.”

The city conducted drive-through and walk-up flu shot clinics on Sept. 26 and Oct. 3. More than 1,800 shots were administered.

Seniors make up 96% of all COVID-19 fatalities in Alexandria, and flu and COVID-19 symptoms are similar. That means that COVID-19 testing might be needed to help confirm a diagnosis.

If you are unable to make it to a flu clinic, you can still receive a flu shot at:

  • Doctor’s offices or clinics
  • Drug stores
  • Grocery stores with a pharmacy
  • The Alexandria Health Department

Regardless of where you receive your flu shot, there are some things you can do to make sure your trip is successful:

  • Call ahead to check that vaccines are still available, and whether an appointment or fees are required
  • If you’re 65 or over, ask whether the provider has the high dose vaccine for seniors
  • Wear a mask on your visit
  • Don’t get the vaccine if you’re sick

For questions, call the Alexandria Health Department at 703.746.4888

Chart via City of Alexandria

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