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Hawkins, Hancock health departments offering free flu vaccine

STAFF REPORT • Jan 9, 2018 at 12:14 PM

ROGERSVILLE — The health departments in Hawkins and Hancock counties are offering free flu shots on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. 

Hawkins County Health Department Director Garnet Southerland said a small amount of vaccine is still available and will be provided at no charge to patients until supplies are depleted. Appointments must be made to receive the flu vaccine and are now being scheduled.

“Anyone, even healthy people, can get the flu, and serious problems related to the flu can happen at any age. Vaccination is the best protection against the flu, and the Hawkins County Health Department recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu vaccine every year,”  Southerland said. “It takes about two weeks to be protected after you get the flu vaccine, so we want everyone who hasn’t had their flu shot to get one right away to help keep our community healthy.”

The 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 health care 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.

Flu shots will be provided at no charge to patients. Both adults and children may receive flu vaccine at the clinics. 

In Hawkins County, you can call health department facilities in Church Hill at (423) 357-5341 or in Rogersville at (423) 272-7641 to book your appointment.

The clinic is located in Church Hill at 247 Silver Lake Road and in Rogersville at 201 Park Blvd. Clinics are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

In Hancock County, call the health department at (423) 733-2228 to book your appointment. The clinic is located at 178 Willow St. in Sneedville and is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

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