Several regional health departments are offering flu vaccines at no charge during the “FightFluTN” vaccination event on Dec. 5. Five locations in Sullivan and Hawkins counties will offer the free shots, and no appointments are needed.
• Blountville office of health department: 154 Blountville Bypass from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
• Kingsport office of health department: 1041 E. Sullivan St. from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
• Church Hill office of health department: 247 Silver Lake Road from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
• Rogersville office of health department: 201 Park Blvd. from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
• Shepherd’s Center (sponsored by Hawkins County Health Department): 306 E. Main St. in Rogersville from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Why get a flu shot?
Seasonal influenza activity is spreading in this region and across Tennessee and is expected to continue for months, according to a press release. Anyone older than 6 months who hasn’t had a flu shot this flu season is encouraged to get one now.
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 the illness.
“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 Gary Mayes, director of the Sullivan County Regional Health Department, in a press release. ”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 Sullivan County who has not received a flu shot yet to get one now, and this event is a great time to do it.”
For more information about the flu and getting a flu vaccine, call the Sullivan County Regional Health Department at (423) 279-2777 or visit www.sullivanhealth.org.