(WJHL) — The Tennessee Department of Health has launched a campaign to ensure Tennesseans stay healthy this flu season.
The health department announced that all county departments across the state will provide community members with free flu vaccines on Nov. 9.
One health expert warned that the flu is expected to be more prevalent the upcoming season compared to last year.
“There’s certainly more opportunity for the spread of flu this year, with fewer prevention activities going on related to COVID,” said Dr. David Kirschke, Northeast Regional Health Office. “So yeah, this is more important than ever really, to get the flu shot. Flu shot, CDC recommends influenza vaccination for anyone six months and older to help prevent illness, hospitalizations, and deaths.”
He said the flu vaccine is recommended for anyone 6 months old and older to prevent illness, hospitalizations and deaths. He added that the community members should receive their flue vaccines as soon as possible.
“There’s not many reasons to delay getting your flu shot,” he said. “Obviously, if you have fever and things like that, you may want to wait. But, again, you can get your flu shot and your coronavirus vaccine at the same time.”
“It is important at this point; we’re getting close to when we’re probably gonna actually see flu start to circulate. So, we want everyone to have a chance to get vaccinated before flu does start circulating in our community.”
The Northeast Regional Health Office announced vaccine locations, hours and contacts for those who wish to get the flu shot in one of the drive-thru clinics.
The free shots will be available at the following locations:
- Carter County, 423-543-2521
Great Lakes Workforce Development Facility at 386 TN-91, Elizabethton. Open from 2-5 p.m.
- Greene County, 423-798-1749
810 Church St., Greeneville. Open from 2-5 p.m.
- Hancock County, 423-733-2228
178 Willow St., Sneedville. Open from 2-5 p.m.
- Hawkins County- Rogersville, 423-272-7641
201 Park Blvd. Open from 2-5 p.m.
- Hawkins County- Church Hill, 423-357-5341
247 Silver Lake Road. Open from 2-5 p.m.
- Johnson County, 423-727-9731
Johnson County Industrial Park at 165 Industrial Park Road. Open from 2-5 p.m.
- Unicoi County, 423-743-9103
101 Okolona Dr., Erwin. Open from 9 a.m. through noon.
- Washington County, Tenn., 423-975-2200
219 Princeton Road, Johnson City. Open from 9 a.m. through noon.
No appointments are needed to receive a free flu shot at one of these locations.
For the complete map and contact list, CLICK HERE.