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Posted on: November 6, 2019

Free Flu Shots Available on November 19, 2019

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SHELBY COUNTY, TN – The Shelby County Health Department is offering free flu vaccinations at no charge during a special statewide “FightFluTN” vaccination event on Tuesday, November 19, 2019.

The influenza vaccine will be offered at no charge at all Shelby County Public Health Clinics during the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. No appointment is needed. Below is the list of clinics offering the free vaccines:

  • Cawthon Public Health Clinic
    1000 Haynes, 38114
  • Collierville Public Health Clinic 
    167 Washington St., 38017
  • Hickory Hill Public Health Clinic
    6590 Kirby Center Cove, 38118
  • Immunization Clinic
    814 Jefferson, Rm. 216, 38105
  • Millington Public Health Clinic
    8225 Highway 51 North, 38053
  • Shelby Crossing Public Health Clinic
    6170 Macon Road, 38133
  • Southland Mall Public Health Clinic
    1287 Southland Mall, 38116

The free vaccine will also be offered at a special after-hours clinic on November 19th, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at New Direction Christian Church at 6120 Winchester Road.

After-Hours Flu Shot Clinic
November 19, 2019
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

New Direction Christian Church
6120 Winchester Road, Memphis, TN 38115

“Getting a flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself, your family, and others from the flu, which can cause serious illness, hospitalization, and even death,” said Shelby County Health Department Director Alisa Haushalter. “We urge everyone in Shelby County who has not yet received a flu shot to get one now, before the busy holiday season.”

Annual vaccination against influenza is recommended for everyone six months and older, and is especially recommended for the following individuals:

  • Pregnant women
  • People 50 years of age and older
  • People of any age with chronic medical conditions, including asthma and other lung diseases, heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes
  • People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
  • People who care for those at high risk for complications from influenza, including:
  • Health care workers;
  • Household contact of persons at high risk for complications from influenza;
  • Household contacts and caregivers of children less than six months of age.

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.

In addition to the flu vaccine, the Shelby County Health Department recommends to following measures to slow the spread of flu virus in our community:

  • If you are sick with a flu-like illness, stay home.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with tissue when you cough or sneeze. After using the tissue, throw it in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers if soap and water are not available.