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Inova Opens Flu Clinics Due To High Vaccine Demand

8:16 PM, Jan 12, 2013   |    comments
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FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the flu has surpassed an 'epidemic' threshold because of the number of deaths associated with the flu.

Twenty children have died from the flu this season. All but three states have reported widespread flu cases and doctors' offices and pharmacies are running out of the vaccine.

One place that hasn't is at Inova Fairfax Hospital, which has added open flu clinics because of the high demand.

Four-year-old Harper Ogden was one of the patients in line and the last in her family to get the vaccination.

It's especially important for the Ogden family, especially with mom, dad and the baby that's on the way.

But the Ogden family has had trouble finding places that still have the vaccines in stock until they came to Inova Fairfax Hospital.

Rikki Ogden, mother: "her pediatrician, my doctor's office were out. CVS' had them but they weren't giving them to kids or they didn't have the mercury free ones for pregnant women."

The hospital's flu clinic is a great one stop shop. There are no age restrictions and they have the flu mist. They have different dosages for all age groups from infants to senior citizens.

The CDC says the influenza vaccine, on average, is only 62% effective and it can take up to two weeks to kick in. But the CDC still recommends getting the flu shot.

If you've missed Saturday's flu clinic you still have opportunities. Saturday 1/19/2013 at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital 9a-12p. Saturday 1/26/2013 at Inova Fairfax Hospital at the Women's Health Atrium. 1-4p

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