As part of a statewide effort, the Tennessee Department of Health’s Southeast Region is offering flu vaccines at no charge to the community during a special “FightFluTN” vaccination event Nov. 19.
“Getting a flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself, your family and others from the flu, and help keep our community healthy,” said Southeast Regional Director Glenn Czarnecki. ”The flu can make you very sick, keep you away from work, school and other activities, put you in the hospital or even take your life. We urge everyone in the Southeast Region who has not received a flu shot yet to get one now, and this event is a great time to do it.”
County Health Departments will provide flu shots Nov. 19 at no cost to anyone who wishes to receive one at:
• Bledsoe County – Pikeville Farmer’s Market – 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Central
• Bradley County – Cleveland Family YMCA – 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Eastern
• Franklin County – Franklin County High School – 4-7 p.m. Central
• Grundy County – Grundy County High School – 3:30-6:30 p.m. Central
• Marion County – Marion County Health Promotion Center – 3-6 p.m. Central
• McMinn County – Athens-McMinn Family YMCA – 4-7 p.m. Eastern
• Meigs County – Piggly Wiggly – 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Eastern
• Polk County
o Benton First Baptist Church – 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Eastern
o Mine City Baptist Church – 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Eastern
• Rhea County – DeliMart – 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Eastern
• Sequatchie County – Sequatchie County High School – 4-7 p.m. Central
"Seasonal influenza activity is spreading in across Tennessee and is expected to continue for months, so it’s important for anyone over six months of age who hasn’t had a flu shot this flu season to get one now," officials said. "The flu vaccine is especially important for infants, young children, pregnant women, adults over age 50 and those with chronic medical conditions. The flu shot remains the best protection against influenza.