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Metro Public Health Department Offers Free Flu Shots at All Three Clinic Sites

12/6/2012
Metro Public Health Department

Metro Public Health Department  

The Metro Public Health Department is making it easier to get the best protection against influenza by offering free flu shots at all three health centers.

Metro Health officials made the decision following a request by Tennessee Commissioner of Health, Tennessee Health Commissioner, John Dreyzehner, MD, for county health departments to offer the vaccine at no charge.

Free flu shots are available on a walk-in basis from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Monday - Friday at all three Health Department locations (East Health Center, 1015 East Trinity Lane; Lentz Health Center, 311 23rd Ave. North; and Woodbine Health Center, 224 Oriel Ave.).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week that the vaccine is a good match for the flu strains currently circulating in the U.S. CDC officials caution that the most common strain of influenza now circulating tends to cause more severe cases of illness, particularly among the elderly.

The flu season arrived early this year in Tennessee according the Tennessee Department of Health. Seasonal flu activity is now highest in the southeastern and south central U.S., including Tennessee according to CDC.

CDC recommends annual flu vaccination for everyone over the age of six months. Flu vaccine for people of all ages is widely available in Nashville and throughout Tennessee from Health Department clinics, primary health care providers, walk-in clinics, and pharmacies. The flu vaccine is especially important for people at high risk for serious illness or death from influenza such as the elderly, pregnant women and young children, as well as healthcare workers and family and friends of anyone at high risk. Expectant mothers should be vaccinated during pregnancy to protect themselves and pass protection on to their unborn babies.

Learn more about fighting the flu at www.cdc.gov/features/fighttheflu/.

For more information about flu shots offered by the Metro Public Health Department call 340-5616, ext. 5.