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Fast Track Flu Shot Clinic Opens At Health Department

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By Tim Wetzel

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Metro Health Department opened its flu shot clinic on Monday.

The Fast Track Flu Shot Clinic will run from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Lentz Health Center at 311 23rd Avenue North all week long.

The Health Department will offer flu shots for a $20 fee. This year's vaccine also protects against the H1N1 influenza virus.

The flu season usually begins in Nashville in late December or early January, and peaks in January or February. Health officials said it's smart to get vaccinated early before the virus spreads around the community.

Every year between five and 20 percent of Americans get the flu; 200,000 people are hospitalized from it; and some 49,000 people die from it.

The CDC says the best way to prevent it is to get a flu shot.  With a few exceptions, they recommend anyone over six months old get the shot as soon as possible.

"No more asking ‘do I need this vaccine?' Yes, you do. I do. We all do. No questions asked,"said Dr. William Schaffner, President of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.

Flu shots are offered on a walk-in basis at the health department throughout the Fall and Winter with no appointment necessary.

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