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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: December 13, 2018
Free Flu Vaccine Now Available at All Shelby County Public Health Clinics While Supplies Last
SHELBY COUNTY, TN – The Shelby County Health Department is offering free influenza vaccinations for children and adults at all its public health clinics throughout Shelby County effective immediately, while supplies last.
The vaccine is available at the following locations, no appointment necessary, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday, unless otherwise specified:
“Seasonal influenza activity has begun to increase in Shelby County, and incidence of flu and flu-like illness is expected to peak in January or February,” said Shelby County Health Department Director, Dr. Alisa Haushalter. “The flu vaccine is the single best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from seasonal influenza, which can cause serious illness, hospitalization, and even death. Now is the best time for anyone who has not yet been vaccinated to get the shot, because it can take up to two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body to provide protection against the flu virus.”
Annual vaccination against influenza is recommended for everyone six months and older, and is especially recommended for the following individuals:
The flu vaccine contains inactivated virus, so it cannot cause flu illness. Side effects from the vaccination are usually short-term and mild, and may include soreness at the injection site, low-grade fever, and body aches.
For more information about influenza in Shelby County, please visit our influenza activity webpage at http://www.shelbytnhealth.com/375/Flu-Activity-in-Shelby-County.