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Flu Shot Clinics Springing Up in Region

In Greenbelt, county nurse Monica DeBose gives an H1N1 flu shot to Monica Johnson.
In Greenbelt, county nurse Monica DeBose gives an H1N1 flu shot to Monica Johnson. (By Mark Gail -- The Washington Post)
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By Michael Laris
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, October 16, 2009

Theresa Dunni stood under a polka-dot umbrella in a steady rain waiting to get her swine flu shot in Greenbelt on Thursday as government-run vaccination clinics continued rolling out across the Washington region.

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"I've got to get mine. It's a must, because I'm diabetic," said Dunni, 49, an administrative assistant at the University of Maryland. "At the doctor's office, it's like 30 bucks a pop. If I can get it for free, fine, because I'm one of those people living paycheck to paycheck."

More detailed local immunization plans are emerging. The latest walk-in clinic will begin 3 p.m. Friday at the Manassas Mall. A campaign to immunize Loudoun County elementary school students also begins Friday. Broad vaccination efforts for students are launching next week in Prince George's County, Alexandria, Manassas and District schools.

Two local Maryland jurisdictions have set a particular day of the week for walk-in clinics. Montgomery County is holding vaccinations at a variety of locations on Wednesdays. Next week, Prince George's is starting clinics each Thursday at the Cheverly Health Center.

Private doctors' offices across the region are also getting and giving the vaccine.

For a growing list of when and where to get vaccinated, see http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/metro/flu_shots.html.


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