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Posted at 7:40 AM ET, 02/23/2010

Dulles Airport offers free H1N1 flu shots

By Washington Post editors

Ticket? Check. Passport? Check. Flu shot?

The state of Virginia, the L oudoun County Health Department and the Washington Airports Authority have teamed up to provide area travelers at Dulles International Airport with free swine flu shots.

"We want to make it as easy as possible for people to get the vaccine," said David Goodfriend, director of the Loudoun County Health Department. In addition to the airport, county officials have hosted vaccination clinics at schools and shopping centers and are considering holding clinics at local DMVs.

Flights and flu shots have proved to be a popular combination. Since the airport clinic began last week, Goodfriend said an average of 200 people a day have opted to get the shots. That's compared to 50 a day that come to the county-run clinic.

"We've been surprised at how many people have [gotten the shots],'' he said.

Goodfriend said about half the patients are airport workers and about half are travelers or out-of-towners -- who may have come from areas where there are limited supplies of the vaccine.

While infection rates have slowed, Goodfriend said it's important for people to remember the is still circulating and people can still get sick.

If you can't make it to Dulles but still want to get a flu shot, check Google's flu shot locator for clinics near you.

By Washington Post editors  | February 23, 2010; 7:40 AM ET
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