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Free flu shots set for tomorrow
Free flu shots being offered Saturday in Fredericksburg; Caroline clears up red tape at shots at clinic

 Flu shots are available at the Fredericksburg Health Department tomorrow.
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Date published: 10/9/2009

By JIM HALL

BY PORTSIA SMITH AND JIM HALL

Free flu shots will be offered from 1-3 p.m. tomorrow at the Fredericksburg Health Department, 608 Jackson St. in Fredericksburg.

Dr. Roberto Canizares, a King George County physician, is sponsoring the clinic in memory of his late wife, Dr. Teresita Canizares.

Canizares has purchased 500 doses of the vaccine, in partnership with the Health Department and Passport Health, a local travel health company. The shots are intended to protect against the seasonal flu, not the swine flu.

The clinic is open to all. The shots will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

In addition, Caroline County residents on Medicare can now receive free seasonal flu shots at the county's health department.

"We finally got Medicare to say that everything is OK, which was a very bureaucratic process," said Dr. John Petrasky, director of the Rappahannock Area Health District.

According to Petrasky, a billing glitch with the federal government had temporarily prevented Medicare recipients from receiving flu shots at the Caroline Health Department.

Petrasky said he received word on Monday that the glitch was fixed and Medicare patients shouldn't have any problems getting the shot.

The Caroline Health Department offers the shots only on Wednesdays from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at its office in the Community Services Center in Milford.

Caroline was the only locality in the regional health district that faced this issue.

Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419
Email: psmith@fredericksburg.com