More Patients Asking for the Flu Shot

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Just over a third of Americans, ages 18 to 65, received a flu shot last flu season.

When looking at Virginia, that number was closer to 40 percent; however, clinics in our area are seeing new faces getting vaccinated.

Nurse practitioner Susan Adamson said there isn't much influenza vaccine left at the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Free Clinic.

The clinic has given out nearly 280 of the 300 free flu shots it received.

Adamson said some of her regulars are asking for the shot for the first time.

"I think that people have heard from the media now that this year's strain has been very serious for younger, typically healthy people so they are more inclined now to accept it when we offer the flu vaccine because they realize now that you don't have to be sick or elderly for the flu to hurt you," said Adamson.

She encourages patients with asthma or any lung disease to get their shot. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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