Free flu shots are being offered by the D.C. Department of Human Services to elderly District residents and persons of any age who have certain chronic illnesses.

The Community Group Health Center in Upper Cardozo is also participating with DHS in offering the free immunizations.

Residents 65 and older and any one with illnesses such as chronic heart disease, chronic bronchitis, tuberculosis, severe asthma, cystic fibrosis, chronic kidney disease, diabetes or anemia are urged to get the immunizations, DHS officials said, because such persons run a greater risk of complications or death resulting from influenza.

For persons 13 and older, the shots will be given weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the following locations: Southwest Health Center, 850 Delaware Ave. SW, 727-3611; Walker Jones Health Center, First and L streets NW, 724-4370; Anacostia Health Center, Eighth and Xenia streets SE, 767-7876; Area C Chest Clinic, Building 23, D.C. General Hospital, 19th Street and Massachusetts Avenue SE, (214-2195, and the Community Group Health Center, 3020 14th St. NW, 745-4300.

Immunizations will be given children under 13 during the same hours in Center 17 for Mothers and Children, 702 15th St. NE, 727-0413.

For further information on the immunization program, telephone 673-6700.