Flu Shots Available

To Some at Clinics

Beginning today, the Fairfax County Health Department will give flu shots to qualified residents at high risk of the disease who have made appointments at vaccine clinics at the department's district offices. The clinics continue tomorrow and Saturday.

Officials said the department has 4,345 doses. An additional 6,500 doses are being distributed to private physicians.

There is a small amount of flu vaccine for eligible children ages 6 months to 18 years. The Health Department will take appointments for children at high risk whose families cannot otherwise find the vaccine.

People at high risk for medical complications from flu should check with their physicians on overall vaccine availability, health officials said.

To find out about Health Department influenza clinics, high-risk residents should call the department's information line at 703-246-2411 for instruction on how to make an appointment.

The district offices are in Falls Church, Reston, Fairfax City, Mount Vernon and Springfield. Residents cannot just show up at one of the offices to make an appointment; the appointments are made by telephone only.

In addition to the information line, residents can call the district office appointment lines directly. They are:

* Falls Church, 703-534-8343.

* Herndon-Reston, 703-326-6549.

* Fairfax City (Joseph Willard Health Center), 703-246-7100.

* Mount Vernon-Alexandria, 703-704-6100.

* Springfield, 703-913-8909.

More vaccine will be available in coming weeks, health officials said.

Improvements to Begin

At Park in Chantilly

The county Park Authority is planning to begin improvements next month at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park in Chantilly.

The planned improvements, which cost more than $533,000, include athletic fields at the 660-acre park. This is the second phase of improvements; the first included the recent installation of artificial turf, bleachers, players' benches and an asphalt trail.

The upcoming phase includes installation of ballfield lighting on one 60-foot diamond field, one 90-foot diamond field and one rectangular field, for soccer. Construction access to the site will be from the park entrance off Route 28. Project completion is slated for spring.

In the park bond sale approved by voters Nov. 2, there is money for a dozen new ballfields and improvements to 62 fields. The bond included $8.59 million for athletic fields.

The county Health Department is making appointments by phone to give flu shots to people at high risk of complications from the disease.