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Flu and pneumococcal pneumonia vaccines are currently available at local health department offices for adults over 65 and children or adults with chronic cardiovascular and pulmonary disorders. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and have a written physician’s order for either vaccine. The flu season typically begins in late December and extends into March. The vaccine will reduce a person’s chances of getting the flu or lessen the severity of the illness. There is a charge of $11 for the flu vaccine and $20 for the pneumococcal pneumonia vaccine. Medicare Part B will be accepted; Medicaid will be accepted only for those in a high-risk category. Recipients must bring their identification cards and should call the Falls Church District Office at 703-534-8343. The office is located at 6245 Leesburg Pike, Suite 500, Falls Church.

A general bereavement support group for anyone grieving the death of a loved one meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at the Haven of Northern Virginia, 4606 Ravensworth Road, Annandale. The next meeting is on Dec. 18 from 7:30-9 p.m.

Widow/Widower Bereavement Support Groups for anyone grieving the death of a spouse meet on the first and third Thursday and on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the Haven of Northern Virginia, 4606 Ravensworth Road, Annandale. The next meeting of the Thursday support group is Dec. 19 from 2-3:30 p.m., and the next meeting of the Tuesday support group is Dec. 24 from 7:30-9 p.m.

A suicide survivors bereavement support group for anyone grieving the loss of a loved one to suicide meets the first Tuesday of each month. The next meeting is Jan. 7 from 7:30-9 p.m. For information, call 703-941-7000.

Vienna-area senior citizens are invited to have their blood pressure checked free of charge on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. S.E. Members of the medical team will be available from 10-11 a.m. For more information, call 703-255-6360.

Haven of Northern Virginia will present a program on how to deal with the upcoming holiday season after the death of a loved one on Thursday, Dec. 12, from 7:30-9 p.m., at 4606 Ravensworth Road in Annandale. For information and reservations for this free program, call 703-941-7000.

Recovery Inc. A non profit support group for depression, bipolar

disorder and other nervous disease meets every Friday at

Boulevard Baptist Church, 7000 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church.

Contact: Lee 703-777-1708.

La Leche League of Vienna will meet on Jan. 8 2003 at 10 a.m. at St. Mark's Catholic Church, 9970 Vale Road in Vienna. Pregnant and nursing women as well as their children are welcome to attend. For more information call a La Leche League leader at 703-281-5801 or 703-716-4872.

<lst>Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Support Groups invite caregivers and family members to visit their meetings. The group meets every third Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Chantilly Regional Library, 4000 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly, and every third Monday at 6 p.m. at Sunrise Assisted Living, Retreat Center, 10322 Blake Lane, Oakton. The support groups allow families to meet caregivers, to share experiences and to develop coping skills. Call the Alzheimer's Association, National Area Chapter, before attending, for verification of times and locations, at 1-866-259-0042.