Flu shots offered by the Department of Health | Local News
On Tuesday, the Tennessee Department of Health is organizing a statewide effort to encourage Tennessee residents to get their flu shot. The fourth annual “Fight Flu TN” will see flu shot events in every county on Nov. 9, which aim to increase the number of people vaccinated against the flu in the Volunteer State.
The 95 county health departments will hold flu vaccination clinics on that day. No appointment is necessary to get the flu shot during these events. The times and details of the event vary from county to county. The Coffee County Health Department‘s Manchester and Tullahoma clinics will offer the vaccines from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. that day. A map of all Fight Flu TN locations and contact information is available online at www.tn.gov/health/fightflu.
The state’s health department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend an annual flu shot for all eligible people aged six months and older. Pregnant women, infants, the elderly, and people with certain medical conditions are most at risk for serious complications from the flu. Typical flu symptoms include fever, cough, congestion, and body aches, which usually recover on their own after about a week. Those who suspect they are suffering from the flu are recommended to call their healthcare provider for advice on how to proceed.
“This flu season, I encourage all eligible Tennessee residents to get their flu shot first,” said Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey, MD, MBA, FAAP. “As we prepare to get together for the holidays, I hope all Tennesséens are considering getting vaccinated to protect themselves and their families from serious illness, be it COVID-19 flu. “
The flu is very contagious. To prevent the spread of the influenza virus to others, it is recommended that you follow precautions such as good hygiene, including washing your hands, covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or elbow, and staying away. home in case of illness.
For those still looking to get the COVID-19 vaccine, they will be available to receive along with the flu shot.
The Tullahoma clinic is located at 615 Wilson Ave. The Manchester clinic is located at 800 Parks St.