Free H1N1 vaccines available in Virginia

To reduce risk of H1N1 and other diseases, Public Health England in the United Kingdom is encouraging people to get a doctor’s prescription for the vaccine. The program provides free vaccines at several sites across the country.

For many Washingtonians, the nearest location offering the vaccines is Inova Fairfax Hospital in Herndon. The hospital was among the first locations in the United States to offer the vaccine to the general public. At Inova Fairfax, patients can have their children 8 years and younger vaccinated, and their children younger than 18 years old receive one dose of the vaccine.

In a statement about the vaccination, Public Health England said its goal is “to reduce the number of deaths and illness in hospital care settings associated with sudden death in children.”

The London Sun reported that complications related to the vaccine can include allergic reactions and Guillain-Barre syndrome. In a statement, Public Health England said its program “will reduce the chance of a patient becoming seriously ill, or even dying, from the vaccine.”

Public Health England has continued to work with local organizations to increase vaccine access and cut down wait times. For more information about vaccine access for those age 6 months to 15 years, visit http://publichealthen.gov.uk/how-you-can-get-vaccinated.

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